India has the third largest HIV epidemic in the world. In 2013, HIV prevalence in India was an estimated 0.3%. This figure is small compared to most other middle-income countries but because of India's huge population (1.2 billion) this equates to 2.1 million people living...

The Keys to a Better Life Can you tell me a bit about your volunteer experience at Faith with Arms Around the Child in India? I went to India to volunteer with Arms Around the Child's volunteer abroad programme Volunteer Invest to volunteer with kids with HIV/AIDS...

  A small but significant proportion of Indians are HIV positive, including a number of children. Rebecca Jones visits Faith, an NGO in Jaipur that cares for children living with the disease. I visited Faith Sansthan Aalingan Care Home in Jaipur, India on 11 November 2016 under...

Whilst travelling around Rajesthan in December 2016 we were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to visit Faith Orphanage in Jaipur. This was a fantastic experience, and while neither of us were sure of what to expect, we were both completely bowled over by the...

Child Welfare and Development  My first impression of Faith was of all-enveloping warmth. From the moment I set foot in the centre, the affection of the staff and children enveloped me like a warm blanket. The kids cajoled and laughed with one another as I walked around...

India’s exceptional history is intimately tied to its place in the globe as a meeting point between the East and the West, which brought about the unwanted attention of conquerors.  With a remarkable ability to absorb the new cultures of its visitors, Indian culture is...

India is the seventh largest country in the world and the second most-populous with 1.2 billion people. It’s traditionally known for its cultural diversity and almost unlimited natural beauty so there are only a few things to keep in mind when visiting it. So much to...

I stayed with Smriti, the founder and manager of ‘Faith’ for over three months. I lived in her home with her family, it became my home, they became my family. It can be hard to describe the experience in India as a western person. Such a huge part of it is feeling so much like a outsider looking in. Smriti gives you the opportunity to feel safe, comfortable, happy and looked after while she takes you on wonderful trips to see places and learn things you couldn’t on your own. If you have ever read up about the benefits of volunteering, working at faith truly ticks all the boxes. 

Aman originally comes from Bhilwara district of Rajasthan, he was left alone in this world at the little age of 8 when he lost his parents because of AIDS. It was like everything spoiled when Aman tested reactive for HIV which resulted in total refusal in his paternal family due to existing stigma related to HIV/AIDS whereas his elder brother, Roshan (Differently Abled Person) has been accepted. His maternal brother Mr. Mahindra Singh took him to Jaipur (247 kms from Bhilwara) to look for an alternate care option for this little child. With the help of ART Centre in Jaipur, Mr. Mahendra Singh came to know about FAITH – AALINGAN and reached the centre.