Serving the Abandoned
Umesh was very sick when he was brought to ACCEPT. As part of the legal procedures, we asked the family members whether they would like to have the dead body in case he died. And their reply was, “You do what ever you want”. This is the case of many who come to ACCEPT. In this place, many people found a home; they were accepted and treated well without any discrimination untill their death. ACCEPT began as a small response to the plight of HIV/AIDS infected and affected people. We started with five patients and now we cater to an average of 80 to 100 patients every month through our in patient and out-patient facilities. We now have 35 bed capacity. The overall number of HIV+ people who have benefited from our services is more than 5500 inpatients and others as out patients and many of their family members. Because many patients are brought to us in the last stages of life we have also seen over 550 deaths. Some parents who were dying handed their children over to us, asking us to take care of them. These desperate requests motivated us to open the children’s home and we currently have 18 children all which are HIV/AIDS orphans. Due to medicine, healthy eating, and loving care more children are living longer and are learning to walk in the ways of God. HIV patients easily get infected with TB. When many care centres refused to take HIV/TB patients, we opened a special ward for such patients. Some patients come from difficult backgrounds. We have rehabilitated some of them by providing jobs at ACCEPT and other places. These patients receive regular psychological and spiritual counseling from ACCEPT. We also have conducted marriages for two couples in our assembly who were positive but became believers. We want to thank God for the staff team for their tireless labors and many volunteers who have come and helped us in different ways. We want to also thank God for all the prayer supporters and finance supporters.