Santiago, Chile, Dec 18, 2017 / 14:42 pm
Fighting the scourge of discrimination that often accompanies HIV, the Santa Clara Foundation in Santiago de Chile has worked since 1994 to ensure that children with the virus experience God's love and have a better quality of life.
"When you see a child it's very easy to see the face of Christ in him," said Sister Nora Valencia of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Jesus, director of the home since 2008. "The child just by himself inspires a lot of tenderness, inspires you to protect him, to love him."
It is a face "with hope, because we're…working so that the children live, and live well," she told CNA.
The children at the home suffer from HIV – or human immunodeficiency virus. Despite common misconceptions, not all people with HIV will go on to develop AIDS – or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, Sister Nora stressed.