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Nov 18, 2018

The work continues....

Staff member counselling client
Staff member counselling client

We continue to see the significance of the work of AIDSLink in Nepal. In the past few months, AIDSLink Nepal provided services to 50 new and more than 230 current clients at the Care Center. They continued to help clients with hospital visits and make home visits. AIDSLink Nepal was also able to provide scholarships for over 70 children. The team continue to do HIV awareness programs around the country, some of the places they visit take days of travel.

One of the people who stayed at the Care Center in Kathmandu shared her story.

I am 47 years old and come from Sindhupalchock. I lost my husband 12 years ago and I have three children. I came with my children to Kathmandu to do an HIV test. The test told me that I am HIV positive. I was feeling very discouraged with fears for my life.

I needed to go to the hospital to get medicine. During this time, I went for counseling about HIV, but I couldn’t understand what they were saying to me, then the counselor called an AIDSLink Nepal staff member. The AIDSLink Nepal staff member started to do counseling with to me and shared their story of living with HIV, after that I was able to understand. 

The AIDSLink Nepal team helped to me understand a lot of things, like the lab tests, CD4 count and the doctor’s checkup. I started taking HIV treatment and stayed at the Care Center for a while before returning home. This was a good opportunity to learn more about HIV and AIDS. I would like to say thank you so much to the team for the good service they gave to me. I plan keep in a continuous relationship with them.

Oct 8, 2018

Slow progress is still progress

We continue to see the impact of using Nucleo in the lives of the children. 

A child who joined the afterschool programme this year was very quiet and didn’t want to speak with anyone. We provide a meal each day for the children but he struggled to finish his food and hated the supplement - mainly because he didn’t know the reason for it. 

Different team members explained to him that Nucleo is good for him and for his health. But it’s been challenging to get him to drink it. It was also hard to see him not show any interest in learning or playing with other kids. 

However, we are starting to see positive changes, there is a resurgence of energy and joy in him. He has started to enjoy playing with the other children although he still struggles with learning. 

He will often come to the team members with his mouth open to show that he has finished drinking his Nucleo without any supervision! 

We are happy that we are able to help him and that he is growing in energy and social skills. The regular food and Nucleo supplement are a big part of this, progress has been slow, but it is happening!

Aug 20, 2018

Recent Visit to Nepal and Photo Competition

I just returned from a visit to Nepal and was, once again, blown away by the ministry and the impact the team are having in transforming people’s lives. 

Two new support groups have started in distant regions. I had the privilege to visit one of them. We drove 7 hours over breathtakingly beautiful mountain passes to a distant town. About 15 people travelled up to three hours to meet together, we ate together and shared from our lives, encouraging people to lead healthy lives, keep taking their medication and to live in hope.

I was once again struck by the huge level of stigma and shame around HIV in Nepal, and realised that this group is one of the few places that people living with HIV can be open and honest about their lives and struggles.

In the light of this I wanted to let you know about an opportunity to help AIDSLink’s ministry in Nepal that will cost you nothing.

I am thrilled to say that we have been shortlisted in Global Giving's annual photo competition. Due to the sensitivity of the work we have to be very careful about which photos we post online as we want to protect peoples' identities and dignity, so we are extra happy at having been selected.

The final stage of the competition, is when we get our friends and supporters to vote for our photo. This is how the final winner is decided. Will you please take a couple of minutes to go on-line to cast your vote: Click here to vote. Voting is open from today until Friday (12:00:01 EDT). Why not do it right now!

If we win this competition we will be awarded US$1,000 to further the work. 

Please feel very free to share this email with friends and family, so that they can also vote for us!

Rosemary Hack

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