Colgate-Palmolive India Ltd., has been working for over a year, with 'NETWORK IN THANE OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS' (NTP+), in supporting children affected/ infected by HIV Positive of various ages in Thane District. Children living with HIV/AIDS have special needs that are different from those of adults. Under the programme 'Positive Step', the company supports a group of children in providing special nutrition besides sponsoring their school fees.
The company encourages its employees in its payroll giving programme thus building awareness amongst employees about the need of these children while also creating a feeling of care for the less fortunate.
The programme has been running for some time now, and there has been a noticeable impact in terms of the children being more regular at school in attendance, improvement in their academic performance, sensitization among the peer group towards the stigma associated with HIV, their basic social and emotional needs are addressed through various workshops, thus impacting their lives positively. Importantly, through the company's support, the Positive Step programme has brought hope to these children that they have an opportunity to follow their dreams.