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IN People ON 17 Jun, 2016
Since this morning, I had been whining about my inability to buy a really classy handbag due to my tight budgets, and then I came to know about a man who used all his resources and money to support HIV-Positive kids, abandoned by their parents. This exceptional man with a heart the size of an ocean is Thomas Reji, affectionately known as 'Papa Reji' by his not-related-by-blood 22 kids.
Supported by public funds, Reji started 'Bless Foundation' in 2009 to send the 22 HIV-Positive children to school and take care of their daily needs. Worried about the condition of HIV kids in India, 'Mr. India' plans to take care of more children who have been abandoned by their own families after discovering the fact of HIV-Positive. Reji's story proves that however bad the world is, there will always be people making it better with their small yet tremendous efforts.
Keep your tissues ready, people.
Reji Thomas, 43, was born in Kerala. His family soon moved to Mumbai, and there's where he grew up.
A few years back, Reji came across an extremely ill girl in a hospital who was infected with HIV-AIDS. She asked Reji if he could get her some noodles, to which he assured he'd get by the next day after searching for noodles everywhere. The next day when he visited the hospital, he was informed that the girl has passed away the night before. That's when it struck him: Kids this young don't deserve to die this way.
Reji plans to send every child of his to the best colleges and live like every other kid.
Reji and family play together, celebrate festivals together, without having any sort of fear. All the HIV-Positive kids have been advised to not touch a wounded/bleeding kid, and he makes sure all of them take their medicines on time.
Reji's son Justin is very proud of his dad, and so is his daughter Jeny.
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