Two weeks ago we received the first signal that S.L. was not well. She slept in the park and that made her difficult to track down. Homeless, sex worker, hiv positive. (Pay attention: startling photo!)
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.
Fund raising for Untenu Foundation in December: Willems-Koop Fund allocated money for Untenu’s overhead costs and a fund raising activity in a Mennonites church during a LGBT Advent service. The ambassadors of Untenu raised money with a performance on World Aids Day. (video)
Good news from the Untenu board: two persons expressed their willingness to become a candidate for a function on the board, Xandra Visser (48 y.o.) and Rajesh Ramaneti (42 y.o.). They are going to run on trial with Ron van Zeeland (chairman) and Willy Lourenssen (treasurer) till the end of this year. If the mutual experiences turn out to be positive, they will be appointed as respectively treasurer and member of the board on January 1st, 2018.
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.
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.
Upcoming Rotterdam Pride will be the second year in a row for Untenu Foundation to be present at the event. Untenu will attend Rotterdam Pride to collect as much money for their cause: emergency aid for HIV positive LGBTIs living in poverty in Cambodia.