Huy, Aged 10
Huy ’s mother died when he was four years old, which is when he was diagnosed with HIV. At first, his brother and he continued to live with their father, but he sells and uses drugs and was sent to prison. So Huy and his brother went to live with their grandmother and their uncle and his family. His father is out of prison, but he has remarried and rents a room with his new wife. He does not visit them much and does nothing to help raise them.
Huy contracted HIV at birth. His younger brother does not have HIV like him, because their mother was able to take medication to stop him getting it too.
Four years ago, he had laryngeal cancer, a side effect of HIV and almost died. Huy’s grandmother is very old, so it was hard for her to take care of him.
She asked VNHIP if we could help and VNHIP arranged for his brother and him to go to the Vung Tau Centre for Social Protection of Children in Ho Chi Minh City to live, around 900 kilometres from their home town. The centre arranges for him see a doctor once a month for a checkup and medications, so he is healthy now.
They are very happy living at the centre, the staff take really good care of them, there are lots of things to do and many other children to play with. Some of the other children at the centre have HIV too. It helps him a lot to be able to talk to other people who understand how it feels to have a life threatening disease.
Huy's grandmother loves and misses him so much. She would like go to Vung Tau Centre for Social Protection one time per year but it is hard to her to find money for travel expenses. Her income is only enough to cover basic daily needs.
You can help!
Huy’s grandmother would like to visit them in the Vung Tau Centre for Social Protection of Children. She needs 100 USD for her visit travel expenses
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