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Gan Sabra HIV Home, [Aizawl]

Gan Sabra HIV Home was founded in 2006 by Lucy, a case worker for an emergency shelter serving sex workers. Her story began when a prostitute came into the shelter ready to give birth after multiple failed abortion attempts. She gave birth to a baby girl and soon after the child was born, she abandoned her. Lucy tried diligently to find a family for the little girl but to no avail. No one wanted to care for a baby with HIV. Finally, after much prayer she felt the Lord wanted her to adopt this baby. Because she now had a child, she lost her position with the emergency shelter and began to pray for guidance as to what the Lord wanted her to do. Many social workers, having heard she adopted an HIV baby, called Lucy to consider adopting other children. Realizing that there were so many unwanted children with HIV, Lucy felt led to develop a home for HIV children.

She has also developed a non-residential community-based program for families who have children with HIV or are impacted by the disease so that they do not have to abandon them or place them in residential programs. Lucy currently runs the orphanage and supervises a case manager who works with and supports more than 30 families affected by HIV in the community of Aizawl.

Orphan Outreach is partnering with Gan Sabra to provide child sponsorship (for the children in the orphanage and the community-based program- see links below), financial resources and operational support. Short-term mission teams provide evangelical outreach and humanitarian aid to the children and families.

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