Breaking the stigma around HIV
Moved by the plight of HIV+ children, Mahesh Jadav started the Mahesh Foundation. Listen to his poignant talk on the challenges he faced to shelter and help these children, owing to the social stigmas surrounding this disease.
Recorded at INK2016, Goa
About the Speaker
Founder, Mahesh Foundation
Mahesh was moved by the plight of HIV+ children when he first got a detailed look into their lives and problems back in 2008 whilst he was on a volunteering project. During this process he observed that there were many HIV + children, most of them orphans with no shelter and no one to care for them.
He began adopting HIV children and considered opening a hostel for them. Unable to find good rentals owing to the associated social stigma, Mahesh persuaded his family to help him provide accommodation to the children in his home.
Today the Mahesh Foundation has 55 HIV+ infected children in their home, 1,600 children who benfit through educational & nutritional support , over 28,000 HIV+ infected people positively impacted through various programs & 60+ full time employees working hard to achieve their goals