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Sep 18, 2017

Who did your donation support? Meet Ms. Leung.

Leung (right) at a weekly support session
Leung (right) at a weekly support session

Last week I had the privilege of joining two of our remarkable Home Care Team social workers, Chhavelith and Pu Vichet, on their daily home visit rounds. One woman we visited, Ms. Leung, has lived well for many years with HIV. But when her long-term boyfriend passed away of AIDS 6 months ago, Leung lost her home, her support, and the love of her life. To make matters worse, she is now suffering from an abdominal TB co-infection common in people with HIV that requires expensive daily antibiotic injections into her hip– on top of her HIV medications.

The Home Care Team now visits Leung regularly for holistic support. During my time with Leung, she explained to me how painful her daily injection is, which leaves her unable to walk for several hours. But all throughout our conversation, Leung peppered her explanation with jokes, having retained a razor-sharp wit despite her circumstances. She expressed her deep gratitude for all of the support she receives from the Home Care Team to get back on her feet – literally and figuratively.

When Chhavelith asked Leung what she’d like to do for work once she is feeling better, her response was a hearty laugh. “I don’t know, but I’ll just be happy to get moving!” Chhavelith loved her enthusiasm, but gave her some homework – next time we visit, she needs to have at least one idea for her future career.

I am honored be a part of this work, and I am thrilled to have supporters such as you to make it happen. Thank you again from all of us at the Home Care Team.

One of our volunteers going above and beyond!
One of our volunteers going above and beyond!
Jun 6, 2017

Kunthea's journey of transformation

Kunthea and her daughter
Kunthea and her daughter

Hello from the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE (SHCH) and thank you for supporting our project! Your donation is helping people living with HIV (PLHIV) to live full and active lives, with support for medication, nutrition and social support services.

We have a wonderful story of transformation and growth to share with you. Our client Kunthea*, 36, was diagnosed with HIV three years ago, but with support from our Home Care Program, she overcame her challenges and has now graduated from the program and is living independently.

When Kunthea was diagnosed, her husband refused to be tested himself and vanished from her life, leaving Kunthea to raise their three children alone while also caring for her elderly parents. Kunthea worked through her feelings of worry, fear and shame, along with the stress of providing financially for her family and maintaining a secure home and shelter for them. ‘I carried such a heavy burden at that time,’ she said. ‘But I knew that if I didn’t strive to overcome my difficulties, my family would suffer and they would never smile again, the way they do today.’

Kunthea worked hard to turn her life around. With high quality HIV medicines, positive prevention programs, and social support services from the Home Care Program, Kunthea was able to maintain a good standard of health, which enabled her to work as a cleaner and earn income to support her family.

‘My family has enough food to eat now because I have been able to go back work,’ Kunthea explains. ‘They no longer have to struggle with food or shelter, and my children do well in school because I am strong enough to care for them. I’m so grateful for the care we received and the opportunities it gave us.’

Kunthea is just one of hundreds of clients supported by the Home Care Program every year. Your donation to our project helps these clients to overcome the barriers of illness, stigmatization and poverty. We are deeply grateful for your contribution.

Thank you for your support.

*Names changed to protect patient privacy

Mar 6, 2017

You gave hope and life to a young mother

Phalla and her new baby, smiling again
Phalla and her new baby, smiling again

Greetings from the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE (SHCH) and thank you for supporting our project! Your donation is helping people living with HIV (PLHIV) to live full and active lives, with support for medication, nutrition and social support services.

We recently met a new client, Phalla*, aged 35, who was admitted to our hospital ward. She was heavily pregnant with her fifth child and very sick with tuberculosis, a common co-infection with HIV/AIDS. At the time, Phalla weighed just 27kg. Phalla had been sick for months and knew that she needed care urgently, for her own health and that of her baby. ‘I thought I would die,’ she said, ‘I had no money to see a doctor and I thought: if there is no money, there is no hope.’

With thanks to donors like you, Phalla's story has a happier ending. She has since received free care from our hospital and Home Care Program, which has improved her quality of life immeasurably.

As Phalla's health emergency passed and her condition became more stable, she enrolled in our Home Care Program and received follow up care, counseling and social assistance at home. After six months of support, Phalla has now returned to part-time work as a cleaner and can help to earn an income for her family. With help from our Home Care team, Phalla has also learnt about safe feeding practices for her new baby, and her weight has gone up to 42kg.

‘I’m so grateful and relieved,’ she said. ‘You have saved my life. Without you, I might have died and my children would not have a mother. Now I have hope and a new life.’

This remarkable transformation is possible because people like you supported our work. We are deeply grateful for your contribution.

Thank you for your support.

 

*Names changed to protect patient privacy

 
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