Holistic Care for 450 HIV Positive Thai Families

by Siam-Care Foundation
Jun 27, 2013

How Ying learned to walk again

Ying and her daughter Tik
Ying and her daughter Tik

Just imagine: you are a 34 year old single mother with an 11-year-old daughter living in a basic shelter next to your parent's house. You have psoriasis, a persistent skin-problem, which is so bad that your whole skin is being eaten away by the disease. It actually makes you so weak that you cannot walk, indeed: moving around at all is hardly possibly. 

Not open to help from others
This is the story of Ying. She is one of the people that Siam-Care is looking after. And that is pretty amazing in itself, as a year ago Ying and especially her parents, were absolutely not open to receive help from others, to put it mildly. They had this strong believe that Ying's skin-problems were caused by evil spirits. To get rid of them, they thought, Ying just had to wait for a good spirit to heal her body, while receiving treatment from the local medicine man. At one stage Ying was so weak that all she could do was lay on the floor for two months, without the tiniest bit of movement. It is little miracle that at that time she didn’t pass away.  

Renewed energy for Ying
After a while Ying's neighbors became so worried about her physical condition, that they contacted the local hospital. The hospital then contacted Siam Care and asked us to visit. After seeing Ying's condition we transported Ying to the hospital where she finally received correct treatment. Since then we have added Ying to our support program and Siam-Care workers now visit her regularly at home, with amazing results. As we have time with Ying and her family we have the opportunity to provide medication, encourage her and talk about all sorts of issues the family is struggling with. It obviously helped Ying; she now is able to walk small distances again. Her skin still gives her a hard time, but due to the medicine she applies daily Ying regained her strength and has renewed energy to look after her daughter. 

Your donations help Ying and daughter Tik
Ying and Tik live in a small village,15 kilometers away from the main provincial city. Ying has no job and has to survive on 500 baht ($ 16) monthly government subsidy, which she receives as disability support. Her parents grow rice on the small fields they own, they can grow enough for their family's rice supply but not enough to sell and cover all the household expenses i.e. food, toiletries school fees for Tik, medicine and transportation for Ying. Because of your donations Siam-Care is able to support Ying and her daughter improve their quality of life.

Ying's shelter
Under Ying
Under Ying's parent's house

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Siam-Care Foundation

Location: Bangkok - Thailand
Website: http:/​/​www.siamcare.org
Project Leader:
Jan-Peter Kelder
Manager of Communications
Bangkok, Thailand
$6,069 raised of $75,000 goal
96 donations
$68,931 to go
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