Last week we received 3 requests at Untenu to assist people with HIV: a gay man of 30; a transwoman of 28 and finally a lesbian of 28 years old.
Her name is PC, she is 57 years old, transgender and she earns her money as a fortune teller at the Poipet market, where she also cleans on demand. She has known for 10 years that she is HIV-positive, but became ill because she didn’t have enough money to take her medicine with food.
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.
Y.N. worked as a journalist in Phnom Penh. Nobody knew why he often stayed at home ill. He hid his HIV status. And now he has lost his job.
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.
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)
Today Untenu has granted money to BC (Bandanh Chaktomok – National LGBT Network Cambodia) to help an HIV positive transgender sex worker with medical assistance so that she will be able to start working again after recovering.