Thanks to recent fundraising campaigns, the Untenu Foundation has managed to raise enough money to start a make-up training course for underprivileged LGBTI people with HIV in Battambang, Cambodia. The course will start during the Cambodian rainy season.
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.
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 HIV virus is one of the causes of the global tuberculosis epidemic. According to the World Health Organisation, by 2015 there were 1.2 million HIV-infected people worldwide who received TB (source: KNCV Tuberculose Fonds). Today, we provided money for a 33-year-old gay man who, in addition to HIV, also contracted tuberculosis.
Pattaya and Jomtien (Thailand) have a great attraction for foreign sex tourists and sex workers. The good listener hears Lao and Khmer speak in the many gay bars as well as Thai. Read the story of the Cambodian boy M.T.: gay, HIV+, sex worker in Pattaya. He was found sick in Thailand and brought home and cared for with the help of Untenu Foundation.
Some people are not good informed about the way to use ARV. Once they feel better, some people stop using their HIV-medication. And then they’ll get sick again. Yesterday Untenu and Bandanh Chaktomok gave food and medical aid to a 30 years young gay man because he got seriously ill when he stopped taking his ARV.
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.