PANAJI: In a significant initiative commemorating World AIDS Day, the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, in collaboration with the Human Touch Foundation and with the support of Novotel Goa at Candolim, organized a dynamic program for over 60 children and young adolescents living with HIV from across Goa on December 1st.
The goal was to establish a supportive and inclusive environment for these young individuals. The inaugural ceremony featured Mr. Vikrant Usgaonkar, Senior Director of Talent and Culture, Alex Dias, Executive Chef at Novotel, Peter F. Borges, Chairperson of Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, and Venicia Fernandes, Secretary, Human Touch Foundation.
Aligned with the theme “Let Communities Lead” for World AIDS Day, the program focused on fostering a sense of community. Participants were warmly welcomed to Novotel Resort, creating an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding.
The day was marked by joy, celebrations, lively dance performances, and engaging activities that utilized expressive arts to uplift spirits and provide a platform for self-expression and creativity.
The event successfully built a sense of community among young adolescents and youth living with HIV, promoting open conversations, shared experiences, and mutual support.
Interactive workshops facilitated open dialogues among participants, addressing questions and concerns, and creating a supportive network for those navigating the challenges of living with HIV. Artistic performances and exhibitions showcased the resilience and talents of the young individuals living with HIV, using art as a powerful medium to convey messages of hope, strength, and unity.
“Our collaboration with the Human Touch Foundation for this World AIDS Day program underscores our commitment to creating a nurturing environment for youth living with HIV. By combining education, fun, and advocacy, we aim to make a positive impact on their lives,” said Peter F. Borges, Chairperson, Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
“Human Touch Foundation is proud to stand alongside the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in organizing this impactful event. We believe in the transformative power of education, dance, and advocacy to break down barriers and foster a more compassionate society,” stated Sandhya Chavan, Lead, Adolescent Health and Wellbeing at Human Touch Foundation.
The programme was facilitated by Sandhya Chavan, Masooma Shaik, Usha Pawar, Venicia Fernandes, Santosh Badgari, Rheya Fernandes, Nameshwari Jadhav and Felcy Gomes.