Educating one person, saves many from HIV

by Fundacion SiFuturo
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Educating one person, saves many from HIV
Educating one person, saves many from HIV
Educating one person, saves many from HIV
Educating one person, saves many from HIV
Educating one person, saves many from HIV

Dear GlobalGiving supporters,

This time, we wanted to do things a little bit different with our project report and give you a glimpse into our comprehensive care action line.  

As you already know, we work towards a generation free of HIV / AIDS aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Thanks to your donations, we are able to boost our efforts to prevent the HIV infection while fighting stigma and challenging misconceptions.

On top of that, we also work towards providing healthcare, social, psychological and nutritional support to carriers of HIV and their families. Every year, and as part of the work our social workers advance with the families, we hold interviews to assess how the diagnosis of the infection has affected them.

Here 3 extracts from their interviews:

Sandra

"HIV has affected us so much... my daughter died because of the infection. We buried her 4 years ago, but I think about her everyday."

Maria

"I vomit almost every day because the medicine is very strong, I hardly visit my family anymore because I don't like being seen sick. I have distanced myself a lot from people, at the beginning I didn't know much about the infection and was afraid I could pass HIV onto them."

Gina

"We have to continue to fight for the things we want, get a better job and get ahead in life". Regarding the infection, she said: "it did not affect us at all, because my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and brother are aware of my diagnosis but they have fully accepted me. I know I need to stick to my treatment and everything will be allright."

Our patients are people just like you and I. Living with HIV can be challenging but we count on you to continue to have a positive impact!

Names have been changed to protect the patient's identities. 

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It has been an extremely challenging year for us at SiFuturo, with most of our benefactors withdrawing funding from our projects due to the pandemic.

Luckily, together with the Electrolux Food Foundation, we have managed to:

  • Provide food security to over 200 immunosuppressed patients during the lockdowns in the city of Medellin, Colombia
  • A total of 6300 total meals
  • 3 virtual workshops on Nutrition, healthcare and its impact in effective HIV treatment

Last month, we completed the last delivery of the planned basic grocery baskets. Now it's time to say thank you, Electrolux for leading with both mind and heart!

About the Electrolux Food Foundation

With the mission to inspire sustainable cooking and eating habits among consumers and professionals, the food foundation is suppporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Nr 12 and 17 (related to responsible consumption and production and partnering for the goals). Learn more about it here.

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Ha sido un año extremadamente desafiante para nosotros en SiFuturo, con la mayoría de nuestros benefactores retirando fondos de nuestros proyectos debido a la pandemia.

Por suerte, junto con la Fundación Electrolux Food, hemos logrado:

  • Brindar seguridad alimentaria a más de 200 pacientes inmunosuprimidos durante los encierros en la ciudad de Medellín, Colombia
  • Un total de 6300 comidas en total
  • 3 talleres virtuales sobre Nutrición, salud y su impacto en el tratamiento eficaz del VIH

El mes pasado, completamos la última entrega de las canastas básicas planificadas. ¡Ahora es el momento de agradecer a Electrolux por liderar tanto con la mente como con el corazón!

Acerca de Electrolux Food Foundation

Con la misión de inspirar hábitos alimentarios y culinarios sostenibles entre consumidores y profesionales, la fundación alimentaria apoya los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible de las Naciones Unidas n. ° 12 y 17 (relacionados con el consumo y la producción responsables y la asociación para los objetivos). Más información aquí.

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Widespread research shows that there is currently no reason to believe that people living with HIV who are on effective treatment are at a higher risk of getting coronavirus. Nevertheless, not all the families we support in the SiFuturo Foundation have access to proper healthcare infrastructure or effective treatment.

Living in vulnerable communities, our immunosuppressed patients are experiencing both economic and physical barriers to access healthy and nutritious food. Country-wide lockdowns currently in place and "accordion-like" lockdowns to follow according to the pandemic contention strategy of the Colombian government have not only generated numerous protests and social unrest, but have also left a significant portion of the population with no means of subsistence.

Currently, Colombia has 12% of unemployment and 50% of people working under informal employment conditions (meaning they have no access to social security tools). Most of the families that benefit from the Foundation's support belong to the second group.

According to the Local Development Plan, Comuna 2 (Santa Cruz) and Comuna 5 (Castilla), where most of our target population is settled, has been characterized as a territory affected by multiple vulnerabilities, translated into conditions of poverty and extreme poverty in the population, social and economic exclusion and overcrowding - all factors that invigorate the risk this unprecedented crisis is posing to them.

Because of all the aforementioned factors, we need your help, now more than ever. 

In our quest of providing food security for our families during the planned governmental lockdowns, we are actively seeking for donations and partners to be able to provide basic monthly grocery baskets to the families that benefit from our comprehensive care pillar of action that encompasses not only nutrition, but also heathcare, psychological and social support.

As of right now, we have managed to secure funds to provide food security to 50 families (approximately 200 people) during 4 months, but there is a lot more to do! During the first month, we relied on our funds and donations from a Medellin-based company called Evok. In the months to come, this initiative will count on the support of the Electrolux Food Foundation. With the mission to inspire sustainable cooking and eating habits among consumers and professionals, the food foundation is suppporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Nr 12 and 17 (related to responsible consumption and production and partnering for the goals). Learn more about it here.

We are acquiring these grocery baskets at a fixed price from the Arquidiocesan Food Bank - an organization we have cooperated with before.

The basic monthly grocery baskets will mean that the target families will have the possibility of accessing nutritious food to allow them to satisfactorily go through the crisis, avoiding putting themselves under unnecessary risk conditions to generate the income they need to subsist on a daily basis.

We count on your support! 

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Basic Groceries provided to the affected families
Basic Groceries provided to the affected families
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The Archidiocesan Food Bank

During 2019, the SiFuturo Foundation initiated an agreement with the Archdiocesan Food Bank. Ever since, the Food Bank has granted a total of 15 families, affected by the HIV infection, basic groceries on a monthly basis.

SiFuturo advises these and other families - a service provided by our in-house social worker that includes training workshops for adults and children, as well as recreation activities and musical workshops for children.

We hope to expand the scope of this progam during 2020 so to start visiting families in their homes in order to strengthen our social work efforts with a more integral approach.

Comfenalco Antioquia

Our prevention program that you have been supporting will carry out during 2020 the 3rd Call for artworks to start building our exhibition titled "HIV: a look through Art" in cooperation with Comfenalco Antioquia. We will also continue to carry out sexual education workshops targeting high school students in the city of Medellin and its surroundings.

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Banco Arquidiocesano de Alimentos

Durante el año 2019 la Fundación SiFuturo inició un convenio con el Banco Arquideocesano de Alimentos, con el que se ha podido beneficiar cada mes a 15 familias afectadas por el VIH, con mercados básicos.

La Fundación también acompaña a estas y otras familias con asesorías por trabajadora social, talleres de formación para adultos, jóvenes y niños, además de actividades de recreación y talleres musicales para los menores.

Esperamos durante el 2020 poder iniciar un nuevo programa de acompañamiento a las familias en sus hogares para fortalecimiento y desarrollo integral.

Comfenalco Antioquia

Nuestro programa de prevención que ustedes han estado apoyando, realizará durante el 2020 la 3era Convocatoria a Artistas para la Exposición "VIH una mirada a través del Arte" en conjunto con Comfenalco Antioquia y seguirá realizando los talleres de educación para la sexualidad en estudiantes de secundaria.

Basic Groceries provided to the affected families
Basic Groceries provided to the affected families
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We want to share with you one of the most important achievements of our organization during the year 2019.

We voluntarily chose to participate in the accreditation process of the Regional Bureau and the National Bureau of the Accreditation System of Civil Society Organizations - an effort led by the Colombian Confederation of Non-Governmental Organizations and funded by the European Union
Today, we can happily say we are an accredited institution thanks to our autonomous and voluntary participation in the accreditation process - a commitment which began in 2018. This very important milestone in our journey recognizes an effort of more than 18 months. It exemplifies our commitment to continuous improvement, and we hope this serves as a testimony for building trust with you: our GlobalGiving supporters

Our mission is to continue working on preventing the HIV infection among young people and to support those families with children affected by HIV in the Colombian region of Antioquia.

For this reason, we count on your support, which will allow us to continue contributing to a world free of AIDS.
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Queremos compartirles uno de los logros más importantes de la Fundación durante el 2019. 
 
Hemos recibido de parte de la Mesa Regional y la Mesa Nacional del Sistema de Acreditación de Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil, liderado por Confederación Colombiana de Organizaciones No Gubernamentales y financiado por la Unión Europea, el reconocimiento social de nuestra participación autónoma y voluntaria y nuestro compromiso con un proceso de acreditación, el cual se inició en el 2018. Esto significó un esfuerzo de más de 18 meses y que da cuenta de nuestro compromiso en un proceso de mejora continua y que esperamos sea un testimonio para generación de confianza

Nuestro misión es continuar trabajando en prevenir la infección por VIH en jóvenes y en apoyar aquellas familias con niños afectados por el VIH en Antioquia. 

Para esto es clave, continuar contando con su apoyo, el cual nos permitirá seguir aportando a un mundo libre de sida
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Fundacion SiFuturo

Location: Medellin - Colombia
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