The HIV/AIDS epidemic poses a tremendous threat to youths between the ages of 12 and 30 in India and around the globe. This is especially true of youths who come from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Consider the following alarming trends:

  1. According to UNAIDS, of the 40 million people estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, approximately one third are under the age of 25.

  2. Half of all new infections occur among youths between the ages of 15 and 24. This translates into almost 6,000 new infections per day, or about 15 new infections per second.

  3. India’s destiny will be entirely determined by the wellbeing of its youths, as half of India’s population is estimated to be under the age of 25.

In order to help such a vulnerable group, we, the YUVA team, founded YUVA GHAR (an abode for youths) in 2006. It is a program that specifically targets those between the ages of 12 and 25. Currently, about 1000 youths from the slums of Indra Colony and Golden Park are enrolled in YUVA GHAR.

The primary mission of YUVA is to provide diverse, action-oriented opportunities for young people, focusing on issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention. And at YUVA, this is always done with great sensitivity for India’s unique cultural values.

  1. To create an enabling environment in which participants are given the basic skills and education imperative for a successful life in mainstream society.

  2. To prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by providing accurate information on reproductive and sexual health.

  3. To promote responsible sexual behavior.

  4. To help youths encounter societal obstacles by providing parental and family counseling.

  5. To train youths to become peer educators in their own communities.



Creation of yuva ghar