29 Dec 2012
At 12, Aasha (name changed) is a bundle of energy. Despite knowing that she is HIV+, she lives a normal life; going to school, playing with friends and doing her homework.
Four years ago, her mother was brave enough to mention in her school’s admission form that both she and her daughter were HIV positive. The school, a reputed institution, not only admitted her, but also ensuredthatshewasnotdiscriminated against. Her classmates too know of her condition, but they have always been warm and affectionate. Today, the class 8 student is brimming with confidence, and stands on the brink of a bright future.
When she was just 9, her mother told her of her illness. Her mother came to know that her husband was an AIDS patient only after his death.
“There has been a gradual change in Aasha.We make sure she goes to the doctor regularly,” said her teacher. The school has even conducted programmes to raise AIDS awareness.
"It may be a stigma in other schools, but our vision is clear, that she should not be deprived of an education," said the school’s principal.