Untenu has signed a cooperation agreement with Rambutan Hotels & Resorts Cambodia (hereinafter: Rambutan). The agreement signed by Bandanh Chaktomok (National LGBT Network Cambodia, hereafter: BC) provides paid apprenticeships for LGBTIs with HIV.
Yesterday Untenu made money available to help the mother of a young gay man. Both mother and son are HIV positive, mother became ill and can no longer work. Four members of the family are now dependent on one minimum income.
At Rotterdam Pride, Untenu Foundation has collected €500 for LGBTI with HIV who are living in Cambodia in poor circumstances. This helps Untenu support more LGBTI with emergency assistance and education. The amount that we collected has been raised by our hairdresser Ferdi and by selling hand woven rainbow scarves from Cambodia and by donations.
One day before Rotterdam Pride, Untenu received two help requests from Kampong Chhnang. There was found a single gay man who could not take care for his foster daughter because he was too weak. The second emergency request that we received last Friday concerned a 47 year old gay man in Kampong Chhnang. We have not supported someone in this province before.
Due to a better spread of volunteers in Cambodia, emergency aid costs to poor LGBTIs with HIV are rising. First, there are more requests. In addition, the spread over the regions is better and more people are reached in remote areas. Corruption also plays a part.
What is it like coming out as a LGBTI in Cambodia? In this video jong Khmer LGBTIs tell about their lives as a member of the LGBTI community in Cambodia.
This video is about bullying and discrimination of LGBTI’s by family members and in the Khmer society. This video aims to increase the understanding and support of the society, friends and family. After all. they have the greatest share in LGBTIs life and well-being.
Since Untenu Foundation signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Bandanh Chaktomok (BC, National MSMS & TG Network Cambodia), BC has been giving emergency aid to two members of the LGBTI community. The first request came from a HIV positive transgender woman living in the rural area of Kampong Thum. The second request was done for a gay man living with HIV in Battambang.