SUPPORTING RAVI THROUGH a crisis
Ravi, a 17 year old boy is studying in XI standard, and living with his mother. Both he and his mother are HIV positive, and are estranged from his father and older brother. After the separation from his father, his mother had been living with her parents and brothers. But once her parents died, issues were creeping up between her and her brothers and this family was also falling apart.
When Ravi fist became a part of Samraksha’s programme, he was very emotionally disturbed. He craved for some attention and recognition from his fathers and brother and was desperate to get in touch with them. He also had a lot of issues with his own HIV status, wanting to know and understand its implications, had a lot of issues regarding his own HIV status and the need to take medicines. He was also desperate to get in touch with his father and older brother, even though his overtures were not met with encouragement and his older brother was actually ignoring him.
Over the course of a few months, Ravi was able to talk about these issues with trusted adults in a safe space. He also attended multiple life skills sessions focusing on self awareness, communication, building and sustaining relationships and decision making. All these helped him move through an emotionally turbulent time, and also equipped him to handle future crises.
After a few months, he received news that his father has passed away. His older brother also came back to live with them and his health was also very poor. There was pressure on Rajesh and his mother to move back to the fathers village.
The family was in emotional turmoil, but Ravi was able to handle these difficulties. At first his brothers medical needs were addressed and a treatment plan worked out. He and his mother also decided that they would not move into the fathers village, but continue to lead the life they have built over the past few years, with his mother continuing to work in the anganwadi and Ravi continuing his education and the part time business he has started.