Meet Milan Khadka, a 22 year old singer who lives with his grandparents in Mujhung, a small village in the Palpa District of central Nepal. When Milan was just 10 years old, both of his parents were taken by HIV/AIDS. A few years after their deaths, Milan too was diagnosed with HIV.
When Milan was first diagnosed, the stigma of living with HIV/AIDS left him feeling neglected and rejected in his community. This began to change when he began receiving guidance and support from MCC’s partner organization, Sakriya Sewa Samaj. Sakriya works in Milan’s community to provide awareness and support to those affected by HIV/AIDS in marginalized communities. Staff members walk closely alongside community members to provide accessible treatment and facilitate the formation of self-help groups for those living with HIV and AIDS.
For the last three years, Milan has been taking Anti Retro-Viral Treatment. Perhaps most significantly, through Sakriya’s community awareness campaigns, Milan shares that he feels a greater sense of acceptance from his community.
With newfound confidence and a passion for singing, Milan has worked to bring positive messages and further awareness about HIV and AIDS to Nepal. He has already recorded six songs, two of which he wrote and composed himself. One of his songs, Manko Baha (“Inner Feelings”) is based on the true story of children with HIV/AIDS.
Through the support of Sakriya, Milan has also been able to pursue higher education and is currently studying for his Masters Degree at Tribhuvan University. Looking ahead, Milan says his goal is to be a role model for other people living with HIV in his district of Nepal. Here at MCC, we think his dream is already being realized.
You can listen to Milan’s song, Manko Baha, here: