Chennai Man Adopts 45 HIV Positive Kids Abandoned By Family
Chennai: 45 HIV positive children, abandoned by their families, have been adopted by a “Shelter Trust” run by Solomon Raj, popularly referred to as “Appa” (father) by them.
In the shelter home, the adopted children are provided with every facility ranging from education, medical care, training in computers, arts, crafts, dance, etc.
Many of them have been enrolled in Class XI and Class XII while seven of them are pursuing their graduation in various streams.
Raj claims that good work gives him great satisfaction, especially when these children refer him as ”Appa” (father).
He said he was inspired to help the HIV positive children as even after 8 years into his marriage, he was childless and thus wanted to adopt an HIV positive child who is in need.
“When we were planning to adopt a child, we had a biological child and the matter of adopting a child in need was put to rest for some time. However, it always made me feel guilty that I have not adopted an HIV positive child that I always wanted to. Hence, I adopted the first HIV positive child and it continued,” said Solomon.
“Now I am a father to 45 HIV positive children and it gives me great satisfaction when they call me ”Appa”. There are many financial problems as there are expenses on their health, education, etc. These children have health issues and the condition turns serious anytime,” he said.