The Dove Foundation
Varanasi, India


Young Rickshaw Workers Reached
Peer Educators Trained
Condoms Distributed

The Dove Foundation - India

There are 2.1 million Indians living with HIV today. In the northern Indian states, injecting drug users and migrants from rural areas are most at risk.
Young rickshaw pullers leave their families and migrate to cities in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to ferry tourists around the Taj Mahal, Agra and the sacred Cremation Ground in Varanasi.

Many young rickshaw pullers inject drugs and visit local brothels, exposing themselves to HIV. The Dove Foundation uses peer education and street theatre to teach young rickshaw pullers about how they can protect themselves from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. It provides young rickshaw pullers with condoms and makes sure they get tested. Since 2011, MTV Staying Alive has helped the Dove Foundation to directly reach more than 10,000 young rickshaw pullers, train almost 800 peer educators, distribute 22,500 condoms, and distribute over 45,000 information, education and communication materials.

Meet the team leader

Abhinav Singh + Mohita Keshari
Abhinav and Mohita are the founders of The Dove Foundation. With the support of MTV Staying Alive, they reach out to vulnerable young rickshaw pullers in Varanasi, India, and provide them with valuable information about risky behaviour and HIV, using street theatre and interactive teaching sessions.
Meet our leaders

Young rickshaw pullers fight HIV in India

Rickshaw pullers in India are extremely vulnerable to HIV. An MTV Staying Alive funded project (The Dove Foundation) is working to protect them.

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