Baina Beach is located in Marmugoa Taluk, a tourist destination in the Indian state of Goa. The Baina Beach settlement was founded in the 1960s and is made up of approximately 1,200 huts housing.
NextLink and Magic bus, a renowned NGO have carried out a recce of the area, which has revealed that many of the community members residing in Baina Beach, including children, are HIV positive. Alcoholism is also widespread among both men and women and, in addition, many are affected by tuberculosis.
NextLink funding would be able to intervene in this community by providing weekly mentoring sessions to three hundred children for a year. The sessions will focus on increasing the regularity of school attendance and re-enrolling dropped out children; building healthy habits; increasing knowledge about diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and diarrhea; and breaking gender stereotypes. The sessions will be delivered by 16 Community Youth Leaders and one Youth Mentor.