During 2002-04, Laxmaiah Garika, headmaster for a government primary school, researched the impact of AIDS was taking on children in the Khammam District. The study identified 454 affected children, and in response Laxmaiah and his wife kalpana rani established HRUDAY ASSOCIATION FOR POSITIVE PEOPLE AND YOUNGS, shortly called as “Happy Home” opening in 2004. The Happy Home is supported by friends and Families since 2004.
Laxmaiah and his wife kalpana rani oversee the home for the children, ostracized by their culture. Some of the children have living parents afflicted with AIDS as well. Others have been orphaned by the disease. The Happy Home is dedicated to the children under its care;
• Providing a nurturing family environment, with awareness to hygiene and healthy food,
• Linking the children to available medical services, and maintaining educational development in the face of cultural barriers.
Currently 80 children boys and girls from age of 6yrs to 18yrs under their care.
All of these children have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. They are either infected with the disease or their parents fell victim to it.
These children are considered “untouchables” in Indian society. They are evicted from their homes, expelled from school and cast out all because of an illness they had no control over.
Not only Happy Home providing child with food, clothing, and medical care and schooling… but also delivering to them a hug or a kiss on the forehead.