Filib* has gained 5 kilograms weight. Now he’s 60 kilograms. His immunity has been improved (His CD4 is up to 500). Normally, AIDS people’s CD4 is lower than 200. As a HIV positive person, his physical situation is pretty good. Filib’s wife was infected by HIV, too. They are from a rural area. With a ministry’s help, they received 10 baby goats to raise this April. The goats are growing, but won’t reproduce until next year. Though goat price is increasing, they haven’t made money so far. So now they are working in a shopping mall in a city for better income. Filib’s senior parents are taking care of the goats in their rural hometown. They are all excited for the next year when they can have milk and baby goats.
This program is helping 35 HIV families altogether. Many of them are too weak physically to find jobs or work in the country field. This program offers them a way of survival and hope for life.
Why do we help these people? Because they are one of the people groups that are exposed to HIV/AIDS in this country. 34 of these people were infected by HIV when they worked in cities as labor workers/migrant workers.
AIDS is prevailing in East Asia, but the society has been ignoring it. For every local authority, it’s a shameful thing to talk about. For all people, due to a lack of knowledge; fear and discrimination is a common attitude towards AIDS people. Whoever is infected with HIV has to be very careful to not let others know, even family members. Otherwise, they may be rejected by families, friends, or even fired by their boss. A lot of health professionals have discrimination’s, too. It means that people tested to be HIV positive are very lonely and helpless. Most of them can’t get medical help without assistance.
This ministry not only helps the infected people, but also the high risk people (to train them on how to avoid being infected) in many practical ways.
Please remember this ministry in your prayers:
- They need more full-time workers to work with high-risk people groups like migrant workers, college students, gay groups, etc.
- When the ministry workers help these people, they show the Good News.
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