Corporate partnership to support care for young people living with HIV/AIDS in India

Children and young people living with HIV/AIDS in India will receive vital care thanks to a corporate partnership between Y Care International, the international relief and development agency of the YMCA in the UK and Ireland, and Kent Reliance Building Society.The partnership will see the Building Society donating £10,000 to support a children’s home in Mangalore for children and young people living with HIV/AIDS and AIDS orphans.Chris Roles,

Y Care International’s Chief Executive, said: “A safe home is a basic need – something which both Y Care International and Kent Reliance Building Society understand. With the support of Kent Reliance, children and young people in India who would otherwise be homeless and without care, will be able to receive the protection and help they deserve.”Kent Reliance has also pledged to support other work of Y Care International’s partner, Mangalore YMCA, to raise awareness with vulnerable groups about the prevention of HIV/AIDS infection.

Kent Reliance’s subsidiary Easiprocess, based in nearby Bangalore, will work with Y Care International on this and similar projects in the future.Kent Reliance Building Society has traditionally supported charities in its home county of Kent. Now it has a presence in India, it is expanding its charitable activities to communities in India too.Mike Lazenby, Chief Executive of Kent Reliance Building Society, said: “With a significant part of the Society’s processing operations now based in Bangalore it seems appropriate and reasonable to support charitable initiatives in India as well as in the UK.

The work with Y Care International will complement the existing relationships with the NSPCC Full Stop campaign in the UK and SOS Children’s Villages India.”Since 1989 Kent Reliance has also supported Y Care International’s emergency appeals, by making it possible for members of the public to donate to appeals in branches.Terry Waite CBE is Y Care International’s President. He said: “I am delighted that Kent Reliance is adding to its support of Y Care International’s emergency work by making this commitment to our long-term programmes too. This is encouraging for us, but more importantly it will bring hope to many young people in India.”

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