Mangaltai Shah started her social work after getting married at a young age of 16. She along with her 10-year-old young daughter used to volunteer at different orphanages and help leprosy patients, destitute women, sex workers, etc. in Solapur district of Maharashtra. One day when Magaltai and her daughter Dimple were working to create awareness about HIV/ AIDS among the sex workers/ prostitute in Pandharpur, they was informed about two girl children aged 2.5 years and 1.5 years who were abandoned in a cow shed. She went to the village to enquire about the infants lying discarded in such conditions. She found out that these girls were sisters and their parents had died due to AIDS. Both the girls were HIV+ and so their relatives had abandoned them as they thought that they brought shame and the risk of infection to the entire family. Mangaltai persuaded the villagers to look after these girls but they refused to take the girls inside their homes. At that very moment, Mangaltai and her young daughter decided to take the two girls at their own home and try and find an orphanage for HIV+ children. They provided the young girls a good bath and food. The next day they realized that there are no homes for HIV+ children in the district of Solapur and also in the entire Maharashtra. At this point Mangaltai with her courage, compassion and love started to provide shelter and care to such children and decided to build a care home for HIV+ children herself. Started with just 2 children in 2001, today 110 children are taken care of by Mangaltai and her daughter. The care home named ‘Palawi’ means the ‘new leaves of a plant’ in Marathi. Today Palawi is managed by Mangaltai, her daughter Dimple Ghadge and her son-in-law Rajkumar Ghadge.
In the case of HIV positive children education intrinsically offer hope, as it always has, that individuals and communities may rise above any circumstances. Unfortunately, education, just like health and social support is hardly accessible to the HIV- positive children. Palawi has established its own Educational Unit since getting a formal education for HIV+ children at any formal school was strenuous due to social stigma attached to it. Also, proper medical care is an extremely important part of the lives of these vulnerable children. Due to low immunity, these children are susceptible to variety of infections and providing medical treatment for 110 children requires a lot of funds.
Palawi needs your helpThe daily expense at Palawi for the food, medical care, housing, education for 110 children and staff salaries is Rs. 15000. Palawi is struggling to raise funds to meet its daily expenses due to a major set back of Coronavirus. Many of their donors have backed out due to the effects of the lockdown. A lot of lives depend on the successful operation of Palawi and the support of people will ensure that Mangalatai continues her inspiring work to provide hope and love to the 110 HIV+ children at Palawi.
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