Manavya is an organization working for HIV+ women and children. It was founded by Late Vijayatai Lawate, founder president, Manavya, who spent 35 years serving the cause of rehabilitating Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) and their children and their healthcare needs.
Situated in the outskirts of Pune, Manavya’s Gokul project is a residential shelter for HIV+ orphan or abandoned children and women. Gokul is a permanent home for around 50 children, who are also given basic schooling, vocational training and medical care.
Animal Angels had conducted an Animal Assisted Therapy project for these children. These children are deprived of their family’s love and affection. As they stay on the outskirts of the city with minimum interaction with the outside world, they lack socialization. They have strong emotional needs like to need to be loved, need for belongingness, acceptance, companionship etc.
Therapy dog Tyson, family pet of Mrs. Date, a Pediatrician and a volunteer with Animal Angels and a team of psychologists and volunteers visited the center often. Tyson has truly been an Angel for these kids.
Animal Angels also experimented with stationing an in-house therapy dog with the kids. Naughty, a Labrador mix stayed with the kids and became a part of their lives. The children were able to project their emotions on Naughty and their entire day revolved around his care taking. Children in their adolescence could fulfill their need for nurturance by caring for Naughty. Naught helped them in expressing themselves freely. He was their best friend and playmate who does not ask them questions and provides unconditional love.
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