In Kampong Chhnang, a Cambodian province, lives a mother with her son and transgender daughter, All three members of this ‘rainbow family’ are HIV positive. The mother fell ill; Untenu helped with a contribution towards medical and other costs.
This is the third time that Untenu presented help to a ‘rainbow family’. Sometimes – as in this case – a family of which a member has a lgbti background – is depending of the income of this member. When this income falls off, we also help in these cases. The criteria for help to a ‘rainbow family’ as we call it, have recently been determined:
A person, either depending of someone of the primary target group, or indispensable as a care giver to someone of the primary target group.
The primary target group includes LGBTI persons (i.e. lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and intersex persons) living with HIV.
Emergency aid in Kampong Chhnang
On May 19 last we received the request for help to an ‘rainbow family’. This family from the village of Psah Krom in the province of Kampong Chhnang includes three persons. All of them: mother, son and transgender daughter are HIV positive. The transgender daughter is jointly responsible for the family income.
Until recently she worked for MHHS (Men’s Health Social Service), a health centre for men having sex with men and transgenders. While financing for this organization stopped she lost her income, so she resumed her job as a wedding beautician. In Cambodia this is seasonal work, because during the rainy season weddings scarcely take place.
Recently the mother fell ill – in the rainy season – and had to be admitted to the hospital. Untenu paid the costs of hospital, medication and food. Our partner organization Bandanh Chaktomok carried out this help.
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