HIV is the world’s leading infectious killer, leaving more than 36 million dead and another 36 million infected since it first appeared 33 years ago. That’s like wiping out the population of Australia one and a half times over.
In the heart of south India lies a place where statistics, stigma and disease do not dictate outcomes. Chandrakal - Home of Hope was established for the sole purpose of caring for HIV positive orphans.
Chandrakal’s doors officially opened in 2008 with only 7 children, but news spread quickly around India and within a year they were at full capacity with 60 children. How the children got there is a story of it’s own. Some children were left at the door with no papers or identity, others were abandoned at railway stations. One boy was left on the side of the road with only a sign around his neck saying “Chandrakal”.