Children with AIDS
Philosophy of Care
Dare to Care was established with the firm belief that all persons are entitled to live worthy lives. In the early stages of the program, the focus was to provide hospice care to children at the end stages of the AIDS disease. Our focus has since shifted to prolonging and enriching the lives of these children. Dare to Care bears the full cost of the prohibitively expensive anti-retroviral drugs, as they are not government subsidized in neither Jamaica nor Zimbabwe.
Additionally, the Dare to Care program places emphasis on education. Most children in the program attend MSC’s Little Angels Learning Centre and some of the older children attend schools in the local communities. As they grow older, the children become increasingly aware of their HIV status, especially with the existing stigma still attached to the disease. As such, program provides counselling sessions and other therapeutic activities to ease this difficult process.
Psychosocial support has proven to be a significant challenge in terms of resources. As such, MSC is looking into obtaining full-time counsellors and pursuing additional support systems such as mentoring programs.