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Simon Wachira (right) found this man in a shanty in Western Kenya. He had been in the same wheelchair for 22 years. (S. Wamae)
02 December 2008
IVD - My Birthday! by Simon Wachira Wamae
Nairobi, Kenya: On 5 December (my birthday), I intend to send an appeal to my friends to raise funds and enable organizations for the disabled in Kenya to buy the items they need.   Read article
UNV volunteer Phạm Thị Huệ is herself living with HIV. (UNV)
01 December 2008
World AIDS Day 2008: Happiness is always within our reach (part I) by Phạm Thị Huệ
Hai Phong, Viet Nam: "Early in 2001, after months of anxious waiting, I gave birth to a bouncing baby boy. But the overwhelming happiness was soon extinguished when a nurse told me that I had been infected with HIV."    Read article

UNV volunteer Phạm Thị Huệ speaks at the launch of an 'empathy club' for PLWH in Hai Phong. (UNV)
01 December 2008
World AIDS Day 2008: Happiness is always within our reach (part II) by Phạm Thị Huệ
Hai Phong, Viet Nam: Once I knew that HIV is not a virus that can easily be contracted, I thought I needed to act so that society would understand and would not discriminate against PLWH. I decided to join the health promotion team of the Seagull Club. Both my husband and I became passionately involved with our work.  Read article

01 December 2008
World AIDS Day 2008: Happiness is always within our reach (part III) by Phạm Thị Huệ
Hai Phong, Viet Nam: At present, I am still working as a volunteer for the project Greater Involvement of People living with HIV/AIDS, or GIPA for short. This is a very important project that does important work. GIPA is not like other projects because it is a pioneering initiative in increasing the participation of people living with HIV themselves in planning and implementation of HIV/AIDS activities and other efforts to improve their lives, families and communities.   Read article

Hands Along the Nile connects US medical practitoners with people in Egypt. (Hands Along the Nile)
25 November 2008
A mission to Egypt by Ivana Smucker
Al Awaysa, Egypt: There are still many impoverished Egyptians needing medical attention and Egyptian medical professionals desiring better training and knowledge. HANDS staff member, Ivana Smucker, writes about Medical Mission 2008.  Read article

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