• Papa Reji and his wife Mini have two biological childlren and 22 they have adopted. (Youtube)Source: Youtube
Rajib Thomas and Mini Reji have shared their home with HIV-positive orphans, providing them with healthcare and education.
By
Michaela Morgan

18 Feb 2017 - 10:02 AM  UPDATED 18 Feb 2017 - 10:02 AM

Rajib Thomas (known affectionately as Papa Reji) and his wife Mini Reji became determined to help HIV-positive children after seeing a malnourished girl outside their local hospital in Mumbai ten years ago. 

"I saw a girl sleeping outside – weak to the point that you could see her bones," recalls Papa Reji. “I found out that she was HIV positive and had lost both her parents."

He continues: “I asked what she would like to eat and she said noodles, but I couldn’t find them anywhere so I promised her I would return the next day. She passed away that night and that incident kept haunting me, so I went inside the hospital and asked them to contact me if there were any such children in the future.”

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Since then, the couple has adopted 22 children who are HIV positive, sharing what they have to provide the kids with health care, education, and food.

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“Being HIV positive doesn’t mean that they have to cut their life short,” says Reji.

“They can live as long as any normal person and that’s what I’m here for – to save them and give them a long life.

“And with love and care, everything is possible.”