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Freedom Foundation was started in 1992 by (late) Karl Sequeira and Dr. Ashok Rau in the year 1992 and registered as a Charitable Trust (Indian Trust Act 1882) in 1993 to bring about an innovative and pioneering paradigm shift in the way issues related to substance abuse and the HIV/AIDS sector were being addressed in India. Freedom Foundation has been the pioneers of HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse interventions in India, especially around comprehensive care, and support. Freedom Foundation is credited to have set up the first comprehensive Community based comprehensive care and support center in India at Bangalore and is recognized as a model by NACO (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India) and other national and international agencies. Freedom Foundation has worked with many organizations /partners who have supported the work over the years.

Currently, the foundation is focusing on its pioneering initiative of providing comprehensive care and support for orphan children living with HIV and AIDS and developing an ecosystem of care givers:

Freedom Foundation’s work with orphaned children living with HIV/AIDS stems from the belief that “No child needs to sacrifice the quality of life to an illness.” We strive to deliver and uphold the fundamental rights of the child within the family, community & institution. The Right to Life, Protection, and Health and Education form the four pillars of this intervention. This is achieved through 3 vertical components of:

● Holistic residential care for HIV Positive Orphan children.

● Education & Nutrition for HIV infected/affected children in the community.

● Creating and establishing an ecosystem of care givers who support the development of these orphan children.

Freedom Foundation does not believe in displacing a child from his/her family or extended family. As far as possible we try and support the child in the community itself with the help of care givers who could be their distant relative or some well wisher who would in turn be supported by Freedom Foundation for the care and support of the child and thus mitigating the risk of orphan hood for these children. The foundation has developed an eco-system of potential caregivers (many living with HIV/AIDS). These caregivers are trained and supported to provide a family environment for the children to grow and start an independent life and thus mitigating the risk of orphan hood for these children. The residential care program aims to provide a protected residential environment for the abandoned children living with HIV/AIDS. These children are provided wholesome nutrition, healthcare, education, and livelihood, thereby enhancing both the longevity and quality of life and becoming productive citizens of the community. These children come here at an age below 8 years and spend anywhere between 10 -15 years with Freedom Foundation.

Updates
22 Mar, 2024

In the heart of our societies, where the sun rises with a promise of new beginnings, there exists a silent battle that often goes unnoticed by many. It's the battle fought by innocent souls—children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, left to navigate life's treacherous path without the guiding hands of their parents. But amidst the shadows, there shines a beacon of hope: the Freedom Foundation.

Imagine a child, barely old enough to comprehend the complexities of the world, shouldering burdens no one their age should bear. These children are not just statistics; they are dreams, aspirations, and the future of our society. Yet, they face adversity at every turn—discrimination, poverty, and the harsh realities of their health condition.

For years, the Freedom Foundation has stood as a pillar of support for these vulnerable souls. We believe that every child, regardless of their circumstances, deserves a chance at a brighter tomorrow. Our mission is simple yet profound: to provide holistic care, education, and empowerment to HIV+ orphaned children, nurturing them into confident, resilient individuals capable of realizing their full potential.

At the heart of our approach lies compassion, understanding, and unwavering dedication. We provide an oppurtunity at life for these kids and their caregivers to laugh, learn, and grow without fear of judgment or discrimination. From access to quality healthcare and nutritious meals to educational support and psychosocial counseling, we leave no stone unturned in ensuring their well-being.

But our work extends far beyond meeting their basic needs. We strive to instill a sense of purpose and belonging within each child, fostering a supportive community where they can thrive and flourish. Through innovative programs and initiatives, we empower them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to break free from the cycle of poverty and stigma.We have created an ecosystem of care givers who mitigates orphanhood for these kids.

However, none of this would be possible without the generosity and support of individuals like you. Your donation can make a world of difference in the lives of these children—providing them with the resources they need to dream big and chase their aspirations. Together, we can rewrite their stories, turning tales of despair into narratives of hope and resilience. Over the last 30 years, most of our children have completed education and many employed in multinational companies, leading a healthy and happy life.

So, I urge you to join hands with us in our mission to uplift and empower HIV+ orphaned children. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, has the power to change lives and shape futures. Together, let's pave the way for a world where every child is given the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their circumstances.


Thank you for your compassion, your generosity, and your commitment to making a difference.

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