A nine year old orphan, Sandip (name changed) was brought to CCDT’s Residential Care Center by a social worker from Mumbai Central in 2003. His father had died of HIV three years earlier and his infected mother was admitted to hospital on account of her failing health. She soon passed away. None of Sandip’s relatives were ready to care for him or his brother Dilip (age 11). Sandip and Dilip both flourished at CCDT’s center under the care of its committed staff and teachers.

Sandip showed an interest in electrical work and often involved himself in all the electrical work at the center. He passed his SSC board exam and decided to take up an ITI Electrician course at a reputed academic institute. CCDT hired an English teacher to tutor Sandip to help him cope with his coursework. He worked very hard and passed his ITI course with flying colors. Sandip is now working at a renowned Electrical Company in Powai and is staying in a group home along with his brother who is also employed.

Each year, CCDT’s Residential Care Program has helped many orphaned and vulnerable children like Sandip to reclaim their lives and battle HIV/AIDS with courage and resilience.