Caring for People Affected by HIV & AIDS in Nepal

by AIDSLink International
Caring for People Affected by HIV & AIDS in Nepal

 Hope in hopelessness 

By Petrus Darlami - Leader of AIDSlink in Nepal 

Namo Devi (Name Change), has been HIV positive since the last 10 years. Her finance condition was poor and helpless for a single woman. She has been working hard for their survival with her 3 children (2 sons and 1 daughter). After the dead of her husband, she becomes hopeless and helpless totally as her family condition became weaker and weaker day by day.

 She suffers from many financial and health problems that she became hopeless thinking about the future of her children. She thought because she got HIV positive; she can't do anything anymore for her and her children. She was thinking she will die soon.

 After all the thoughts she had, one day she met a person of AIDSLink Nepal staff. AIDSLink Nepal was supporting that area for education fees for other PLHA families. The AIDSLink Nepal staff member listened to her situation from there on they were able to support her daughter with education fees. Through the education support, her daughter is studying grade 8. She got a golden opportunity to get good education.

 In the whole process Namo Devi also started taking ART which makes her become healthier again. Her health condition is developing very well and becomes better than each and every day. Now, she is living happily with her children, working hard to feed her children. She works in her own farm to run her family business, but still her economic condition is very low and her house is small and old. It is very difficult to live in such a house in the rainy season as her house becomes worst and breakdown. Still she is fighting and working hard for their survival. We hope that she will be able to get help and be able to get a new house for her and her children.

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By Petrus Darlami - AIDSLink Nepal Team Leader

 

 We as AIDSLink Nepal team, thank you for the continuous support with the study program support. We were able to help one of the single parents to take her child to school. Below is a short message of the child that received a sponsorship to study.

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for your great support that enable me to study. Without your support I would not have been able to study without because my mother is a single woman, and my family economic status is not good.

I am in my last year of studiesworking towards my goal of becoming a B.Sc. Nurse. The financial assistance you provided has of great help to me in paying for my educational expenses, and it allowed me to concentrate more on studying. It has been a great platform for the less privileged females like me to head towards the road of success. The organization is truly working for the right purpose of helping in building the empowerment of the women.

Thank you again for your generosity and support. I promise to work very hard and eventually give something back to others especially in my community, both as a health worker and possibly a sponsor to future students like myself.

Thank you for your great support, I am very much grateful to you.

Your Sincerely Supported Student, Sujita Mahato Golbazar-10, Siraha 

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Family Visits in Kathmandu 
Thank you for your valuable support in these difficult times. In spite of the challenges of COVID 19, and in keeping with the restrictions, we have been able to help nearly 300 clients each month.

Visiting families in their homes and drinking cups and cups of tea with them gives us opportunities to talk and listen.  

One lady was sharing about her time in lockdown. She was fearful and worried about what would happen to her daughter if she died. Then she lost her job and had to leave the city. Staying in the village is hard for her and makes her daughter's education harder. Lockdown continued and lasted half a year in the end.

She decided to come back to the city because of her need for ART medicine. As a widowed mother living with her teenage daughter she alone has to provide food, housing, and for her daughter’s education, even though she is often sick. 

When she came to the city, she was unable to find a job. No one was willing to give her work because of COVID19. She felt lonely and desperate. But the AIDSLink staff kept calling and encouraging her throughout this hard time.

They helped with money for her daughter's education. She said,” I appreciated this support so much. After my husband died, I felt like no one cared for me. It is really hard to live in a community when you have HIV and if I tell people I have it I am unable to get a job. The AIDSLink team became one of the pillars of my life.”

Training

We have been able to conduct some in-person training in rural areas, but when we look south to the situation with COVID-19 in India, we are concerned about what will happen in Nepal.

AIDSLink International has started running online Channels of Hope workshops. We are looking at conducting one of these for the Nepal team and other local volunteers.

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Mr. Kushasower* lives with his family (wife, children, mother and father). In the past he lived and worked in India in order to meet his family’s needs. 

When he was lvingin in India, away from his family he became very sick and was unable to work. He returned back home to Nepal. When he went to the local hospital the doctors were not able to identify the illness and sent him to Teku hospital in Kathmandu.

The cause was discovered: He was suffering from HIV. When Mr. Kushasower got his test results, he thought it was a death sentence and expected to die soon. When he returned to his village his neighbors treated him differently - as if he had a highly contagious disease. But not just him. When his children went to play outside, the other kids were not allowed to play with them. Seeing all this reactions made him feel terrible not just for himself, but also for his family. 

But slowly, as he started to take medication he recovered from his symptoms and realised that he could still live a normal life, even if he had HIV. As soon as Mr. Kushasower started to feel and look stronger and healthier the negative perception and the cool treatment from his neighbors eased. 

Today he is happily living with his family, saying: “Even if I have HIV I can live and work like everyone else.” He does minor work in his village and is a living testimony and example for other HIV-positive people. 

*Name Changed

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The AIDSLink Nepal team has been keeping on helping in the midst of the COVID 19 crisis. They were able to serve 350 people. They are delivering ART medication on a regular basis and helping new clients in hospitals, both in and outside Kathmandu.

They have been supporting clients by calling, sending ARTs by post, and home deliveries in the city. The children on child support are doing well and have had classes on ZOOM, but a few of them are struggling because they do not have good devices.

The team went to one of the villages that they work in to do HIV awareness and health teaching (including CV-19 prevention information). The villagers were touched that they had come between lockdowns during the COVID 19 crisis.

They are grateful for your support during this challenging time.

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