YRGCARE has been offering special clinics to children living with HIV since 1997. Children attending these clinics learn about HIV through arts and crafts, indoor games and puppetry. Children receive gift hampers and prizes that encourage them to adhere to future clinic visits.
Building further on this initiative, YRGCARE began to offer Camp Rainbow, in 2011. These camps help children living with HIV and their families reach beyond illness, to discoverjoy, confidence and a chance to recover their childhood. It restores their hope and renew their sense of possibility.Thus,children attending Camp Rainbow are not only better able to manage their illness, but also better able to thrive socially and emotionally on their way to becoming healthy, self-confident adults.
In these 5-day residential camps, campers participate in life skills training and traditional camp activities that enhance campers’ understanding of HIV, their own health condition, lifestyle changes, medications and adherence to treatment. Most importantly camping rekindles their spirit of joy and curiosity and enhances their self-esteem and social connectedness. Camp Rainbow improves their quality of life. Campers have fulfilling experiences, are eager to participate and meet with new friends. The children have tons of fun and have the chance to recover their childhood, restore their hope and renew their sense of possibility. Camp Rainbow rebuilds confidence and promotes individuality through laughter, exploration and friendship. Campers are nurtured by their peers and our staff, and they are encouraged to challenge themselves in the best ways possible. It transforms children from patients to fun-loving, capable, thriving kids!
Between 2011-13, Camp Rainbow Chennai and Mysore served 364 campers through 5-day residential camps,conducted capacity building sessions for over 100 adults and organized regular follow up programs within the districts throughout the year.
- 55% improved adherence
- Coping with HIV improved by 33%
- Lowest quartile had the most increase in HIV knowledge upto 144%
- Social connectivity showed a 3-fold increase
- 80-90% increase in the attitudes towards HIV and taking ART medications
- Peer Relationship increased by nine-fold.
- 39% improved health & hygiene