Avi’s two elder sisters were, however, lbrtunate enough to be born ftee of the virus. Avi’s mother, along with the children, returned to her family in an Ultadanga slum from Nagpur, where they used to stay previously. Her brothers did not accept her and forced her and her children to live in a Oft X Oft dingy room with no provision for food or cloth.. When her neighbours Pound out, they tried to cast the fam-ily out of the locality Some 300 slum dwellers lay siege to the family and threatened them with death. They even stopped volunteers ft.= OFFER, a social organisation, who went to rescue the family. With the help of police, the social workers could shift Avi to Anandaghar and help h. mother get a job. Avl spent three months in hospital, undergoing treatment tbr malnutrition. At the moment, he is fine, and in high “I love to play with toy cars,” he says with a shy smile.
KoLkata: The dream project of 10 sitive teenagers — that had hit many hurd-les, from finding a house to acceptance by locals — finally started brewing from a Jodhpur Park address on Saturday after-noon. CaM Positive. an entrepreneurship project by the 10 HIV-positive boys and girls, became operational at a 12 feet by 10 feet garage space at 524 Jodhpur Park in south Kolkata.
It is easy to miss Cafe Positive, tucked : away in a corner of the warren of . shops at Jodhpur Park bazaar in Kol-kata. But the discreet venue, the re-furbished garage of a four-story residen-tial building, has seen a steady stream of celebrity visitors in the past few Weeks. Since its opening last month, film stars, activists and journalists have been drop-ping by to pledge support. ‘ In a first of its kind in India, Café Pos-itive is run by a crew of HIV positive men and women. Kallol Ghosh, the founder-director of Organisation For Friends Energies and Resources (Offer), a non-profit outfit from where the café’s team has been recruited, says the ‘positive’ in the café’s name is not just the defining characteristic of the people running it, but also the hope that our misconcep-tions about HIV+ will change over a liber-ating cup of coffee.
In a rain-splattered afternoon in Calcutta, three women, childhood friends now in their late forties, dec-ide to meet for coffee. “But instead of the cafes where we usually catch up, we decided to drop in at this new joint everyone is talking about,” says Chandrima Chanda, a teacher, who tra-velled nearly 40 km from the north of the city to get to leafy and busy Jodh-pur Park in south Calcutta, where on July 15 a new coffee shop unveiled its very special charms to the public.
All the member of Super gas foundation and children or staff of OFFER celebrated the Beti Bachao