Orphans who lack parental love often suffer from an inferiority complex, with low self-esteem. This situation is worse for AIDS-impacted orphans, because they are often discriminated by fellow villagers for being from AIDS families even if they are not HIV-positive themselves. They are bullied at school, abandoned by friends and sometimes even relatives except for their own grandparents, and they have to live a life of an outcast within their own communities, growing up feeling unloved and unwanted. Our psychosocial programs, including summer camps, art therapy, home visits, etc. aim at helping them overcome social stigma and the childhood trauma of losing their beloved parent(s). They are designed to bolster their self-esteem, build confidence, and make them feel wanted and loved.
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