Bali Peduli provides vital help for mothers and children with HIV
When Bali Peduli launched the Gianyar Outreach Program in January 2013 our team was suddenly brought face-to-face with situations we had not anticipated. We found women and children, mostly HIV+, being cast out of family compounds following the deaths of their husbands and fathers due to HIV related illnesses. Mainly due to the stigma associated with HIV, and for economic reasons this resulted in mothers and children falling off the care grid for lack of support. In other cases children had been orphaned (both parents having died of HIV related sickness), and are living with extended families or elderly grandparents with limited resrouces and some have dropped out of school.
Though not part of our original program plan it became clear and urgent that we expand our program to include basic non-medical support for these situations including food, housing, and school expenses for children. In mid-2013 Bali Peduli launched the “Positive Living Fund” to raise funds for this purpose. The fund was initially supported by private donations and a re-assignment of some funds from the Mel Wolf Foundation grant for our Outreach Program. Since its inception the Positive Living Fund has supported 23 individuals.
In December of last year one of Yayasan Bali Peduli’s steering committee members celebrated his 60th birthday and asked his friends, in lieu of gifts, to make a donation to Bali Peduli. They agreed that this should be used to launch our “Positive Living Fund”. In June 2014 Groupon Indonesia ran a 10-day promo to benefit Yayasan Bali Peduli and raised the equivalent of US$ 5,000 for the fund.
Yayasan Bali Peduli would like to thank The Mel Wolf Foundation for their generous support, Groupon Indonesia (www.disdus.com) and other generous supporters for enabling the Positive Living Fund program.
The Positive Living Fund provides temporary relief including food, milk and school fees. Recipients are assessed by our team regularly and where possible, government support is obtained (mostly for medical/hospitalisation). The aim is to empower the recipients to be independent, with a little help to get them back on their feet. Members of the Outreach team act as buddies to ensure adherence. Recipients exit the program after an average of 3 – 6 months. Yayasan Bali Peduli continues to support with the buddy system to ensure medication adherence and management of viral load.
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