A school without discrimination
Punarbal Shikshya Sadan is an educational institution providing education to HIV infected and affected children and orphans who are deprived of education due to their HIV status and poverty.
Minimizing the impact of HIV/AIDS through education
In addition to providing formal education to vulnerable children so they will have resources with which to build a secure future, the school also offers psychological support and provides a safe and enabling environment to meet the education and medical needs of the students in a stigma free environment.
Punarbal Shikshya Sadan
The Punarbal Shikshya Sadan or “Primary School” was the first project to be established, in February of 2007. Noticing immense neglect for the education of children infected/affected by HIV, the school was initiated in order to provide these children with the education they deserve. Punarbal Plus believes that education is a fundamental right of all children, and to deprive them of this is truly immoral. It began with 35 children, and since then the enrollment has more than tripled.
Punarbal community care Center (ccc)
Despite the immense success and growth of their existing projects, Punarbal Plus recognized one more piece still missing from their efforts. Many of these children had lost one or both parents to the AIDS virus and had nowhere to call home. So in November of 2009, the Punarbal community care center was established. This care center aims to provide care and guidance as well as nutritional and medical care to children that would, otherwise, go without. . Currently, the center puts up 30 children and 5 positive women.
Punarbal Awareness and Interaction Project
The education of these children does little good if the society that they must eventually reenter is not willing to accept them. So shortly after the opening of the school, Punarbal Plus began work on their Awareness and Interaction Program. This project is dedicated solely to reaching out to the community, educating the people to the truth about HIV, and advocating for these children’s rights as well as many other related issues such as women’s rights and modern techniques for preventing the spread of the virus. Specific attention is paid to school administrators and teachers in order to integrate these children back into the government school system once they have completed their primary education at Punarbal Shikshya Sadan.