The MAC AIDS FUND is a venture also known as GLAM FOR LIFE which intended to deal with the nutritional and medical needs of people living with HIV and AIDS or PLHIVs. For many years, I am part of the advocacy. I’ve acquainted with a lot of people with different stories and I was able to help them to cope up with the problems brought about by this malady. And being part of this project I could be able to touch the lives of others.
Being a Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc.( PAFPI) volunteer and peer educator, I got to visit different treatment hubs, meet a lot of people working in the HIV and AIDS advocacy and talk to people living with HIV. And talking to my peers and listen to their stories were only some of the perks for being a peer educator. But you may ask why? Simply because not all were given a chance to inspire others and to make them realize that there’s life after HIV. But before I bore you, read on to know my story on how I met my newly diagnosed client.
Home is sweet but it was made sweeter when there’s love to meet, welcome and greet us. This was truly important for me since most of the statements I hear from a person living with HIV (PLHIV) tell that they’ve been disowned or that they experienced stigma and discrimination not only by other people but including some members of their family. If this happens, many HIV positive individuals thought of ending their lives after facing the dilemma, anger, hurt and confusion when their family turned their backs on them.
One of my most memorable day as an active volunteer was to join hospital visits at San Lazaro as part of the program of the Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc.( PAFPI). Every Monday, we are able to give food to patients who are confined at the hospital. And that day, we’ve reached out to 22 patients and what I saw really broke my heart because many, if not most, of the patients were in dire need of support, both morally and financially.
Sub-Recipient: Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc.
“Upscaling the National Response to HIV/AIDS through the Delivery of Services and Information to Populations at Risk and People Living with HIV and AIDS”
Funding Period: November 2008 to September 2010
Funding Goes To Three Main Areas:
Approaches and Strategies:
Funding Agency: Union Aid Abroad-AHEDA (Australian People For Health, Education and Development Abroad)
Recipient/Partner: Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI)
Project Name: “The AbotKamay Drop-in Center”
Funding period: July 2013 to June 2014
Funding Goes To: For Filipino Migrant Workers
Through The AbotKamay Drop-in Center
For PLHIVs and Affected Families