O. – a trans woman living with HIV – went to Sihanoukville for her relationship and to find work. Because of this she wanted to hide her HIV status and stopped taking HIV inhibitors.
Rosa was very ill. The application for emergency aid by Untenu stated: she hid her HIV status and therefore did not take HIV medication. Two weeks later She passed away.
After a break – due to lack of money – Untenu has resumed emergency aid to HIV-positive LGBTI people living in poverty in Cambodia.
On July 9, Untenu chairman Ron van Zeeland was one of the guests at the daily talk show ATLAS Virtual. He was interviewed about Untenu’s work in Cambodia. Click Read more to watch the broadcast.
All massage parlors in Cambodia had to close due to the government implemented corona measures. Sex workers sometimes finds their clients at massage parlors. This is what Transwoman T.P. from Siem Reap did to support herself and her family.
Covid-19 is affecting LGBTI’s living with HIV in Cambodia. People loose their jobs. No income, no savings and no social security provisions makes people extremely vulnerable in this corona crisis.
Chenla is a 50-year-old gay man living with HIV. He scours the streets of Phnom Penh in search of reusable waste. Untenu would like to fundraise a cargo bike so that he can increase his range and his income.
Poverty & HIV; it has a face: that of K. from Battambang. If working in the factory does not yield enough income for his family, he will work in the entertainment business in Bangkok. (updated March 11, 2020)
K. died today, March 11
To our great sadness we learned today that this afternoon K. deceased in the house of his uncle. His mother could not pay the medical costs and took him to his uncle’s home.
Untenu Foundation contributes to the costs for the funeral.
Friday January 6, Untenu Foundation organizes in cooperation with CinemAsia a program with 3 short documentaries about HIV-positive LGBTIQs in Cambodia – the Kingdom of Wonders.
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.