“I wanted to bring home a child who needed more care than others, such as a differently-abled or HIV positive child. My family had reservations about it."
However, the guilt of not going in for adoption nagged him. Then in 2005, a friend mentioned a seven year-old-boy to Solomon. Initially I declined, but when I heard story about the boy, I changed my mind. This kid had seen six HIV related deaths in his family – mother, father and siblings. He was the lone survivor, with only a few days to live,” says Solomon.
So he started adopting more kids under his NGO ' Shelter trust' and today he is the proud father to a happy family of 47 HIV positive kids.
When he required help for taking care of them, nobody came forward because of the fear factor of contracting HIV. That is when he decided he would employ HIV positive widows and commercial sex workers to take care of the kids.
"In doing so I provided a home for these women who were suffering from the disease themselves and my kids also got caring mothers who understood their condition"
All of his kids call him ' Appa' and as a caring father he feels completely responsible for their education and their health.
"Since all of my children are Immuno deficient because of HIV , it is hard to predict how many will fall sick next month and what treatment they might require "
Sometimes hospitals refuse to take them and even if they do, they are charged exorbitantly because of their special requirements.
Solomon has been juggling three day jobs and multiple other odd jobs to make money for the family. He now requires your help to provide a healthy livelihood for these children, who are suffering for no fault of theirs.