A former singer from Kampong Cham was helped this week. As a person living with HIV with diabetes, he developed bronchitis – for which he was admitted to a hospital in the capital.
The first request for relief in the new decade was for a 27-year-old drag queen from Kampong Chhnang who worked in the capital Phnom Penh. He stopped working after he was also infected with tuberculosis (TB).
This week we helped a 45-year-old dance teacher who not only is HIV positive, but also needed hepatitis treatment urgently.
In April we provided – together with our local partner Bandanh Chaktomok – four times emergency aid: twice to a gay man living with HIV, twice to trans women living with HIV. We are currently looking for an internship for the young man.
Sunday May 19 is the day Untenu Foundation – in cooperation with Mara Projecten – organises the fourth edition of AIDS Candlelight Memorial. For the third time in Rotterdam. Starting at 5 PM, free admission. Remembering our beloved ones who we lost because of AIDS.
This year we have already helped ten people, four of whom in the last eight weeks. All gay men with HIV who did not have the money for much needed food and medical help. An overview.
Update January 31: At the age of eighteen, R.P.went to Thailand and worked as a sex worker for five years. Now he is 23 and went home sick: AIDS & TB. Our help was of no avail, R.P. is deceased.
The new year was just beginning or bad news came: H.S. (33) from Battambang – who suffered from TB & HIV – died.
Last week we received 3 requests at Untenu to assist people with HIV: a gay man of 30; a transwoman of 28 and finally a lesbian of 28 years old.
Halfway through Rotterdam Pride we got a request to help K.C.: he was admitted with stomach problems. Besides HIV, he was also infected with tuberculosis (TB). A week later he died. Our help was of no avail.