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Emely Weich from Vierkirchen went to India after graduating from high school, 7400 kilometers. In a small village she looks after children and young people infected with HIV.

Vierkirchen - She really wanted to spend a longer time abroad after school, reports Emely Weich from Vierkirchen. Since September she has made this dream a reality: She will live in India, more precisely in Nilavaarapatti in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in the “Don Bosco Care Home” for a year - together with 79 boys, with four Salesians, her fellow volunteer Laura Gnann, two chefs and other employees.

The children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 22 were born with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). In the Don Bosco Care Home they get free medical care, school education and support. Based on the life and work of Don Bosco (1815-1888), priest, educator and pioneer of the youth, the Roman Catholic organization, together with the Order of the Salesians founded in 1859, took on the needs and concerns of neglected and disadvantaged children and young people.

“Our main task is teaching the little ones,” reported Emely Weich. The children from the 1st to the 8th grade are taught directly in the project. The bigger boys either ride their bikes or the school bus to another school or to a collage every morning.

Emely is good with children, she was a long-time trainer in the swimming department of TSV Indersdorf. "I had my own training group in my swimming club, in which I taught the little ones in our club to swim," writes Emely on her blog.

Emely Weich's first months of voluntary service in India are shaped by many new impressions: “When we arrived at the Care Home, we were greeted by all the boys with songs and flowers. Laura and I stood a little overwhelmed in the middle when all 70 boys shook hands and just smiled. "

After school, “our best job begins,” reports Emely. Then all the boys come together at “games time” to their so-called “Sisters or Akkas” - that is, big sisters in Tamil - in the project. Now you have time to do sports, play board games, talk or just make nonsense with the children.

In addition, Emely and Laura take turns accompanying the young people to the doctor. Due to their weakened immune system, the boys are more susceptible to infections, so that within a few days twelve children suddenly lie in the infirmary for several days. During this time, the German girls try to make the children happier through stories, pictures or simply by being there. It is all the nicer for the two of them when they meet the children again on the sports field and can laugh with them heartily.

"In everyday life we ​​keep forgetting how ill the children actually are because they are so incredibly happy, alert and full of energy," says Emely Weich, describing her impressions. "In sports in particular, we always have difficulties keeping up with them."

The "Don Bosco Care Home" project is financed through donations. Information and Emely's blog are available on the website