Update on AIDS Patient Family Support Program: Continuing the transition to independent living…
As we mentioned in our last update, our focus over the past year has turned to identifying those members of the FSP who are poorest and sickest and who have no means of support. This should reduce our patient family load significantly. We are now in the process of revising our budgets for 2014-2015. Off setting reduced numbers of patient families will be the never ending upward trend of housing and food costs, which were key factors in trying to reduce our patient family load. Over the past year, we have actively worked to assess which families should be capable, of a successful transition to independence or a transition toward receiving the support of their own extended families
Over the years during which the FSP has been active, we have grateful that due to the continuing advancement and accessibility of medical treatment to victims of HIV/AIDS. Medical treatment and medication has allowed many of our families to experience a long period of relative stability allowing children to grow up in a family setting. We feel that we have been successful in achieving our basic mission of assisting fragile families ( primarily single parent) to stay together . Our focus on keeping dependent children in school remains as a key goal for 2014.
In recent weeks, Cambodia had unexpectedly experienced significant civil unrest due to a contested national election. This seems to be developing into an ongoing situation with calls from the opposition party for daily demonstrations, which unfortunately can become unpredictably violent. In the past, this type of unrest had a spill over effect into areas such as personal safety which could impact tourism and industry and impact donor sentiment.
In 2014 we will welcome Lee Bopha as our new home care coordinator. Bopha, a Cambodian and trained teacher in her mid-20’s , has worked closely for several years with Juana Encolada, our longtime and beloved home care coordinator. Juana will be returning to her previous calling as a Sister with Maryknoll order after a 14 year hiatus, during which time she worked for us in our AIDS Patient Family Support Program.
As always , we are deeply grateful to you, our generous donors for your kind support.