What is Stigma?
The dictionary says Stigma is a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.
What if the stigma HIV+ people experienced was so great that they were socially ostracized and so without hope that they felt compelled to abandon their newborn children? What if some of those children were then left overnight in the hospital without nursing staff because there were no funds to hire private nurses to care for them and were eventually relinquished to grow up in orphanages?
What if you could change that?
Project HOPEFUL — FIG Ukraine Program
Educating, encouraging, and enabling HIV+ families and children to thrive through prayer, one-on-one mentoring, support groups, hospital staffing to care for HIV+ infants, and summer family camp.
Through your prayers, one-time donations, monthly sponsorship of the Project HOPEFUL FIG Ukraine Program, and your participation in summer mission trips staffing FIG Family Camp, you can change all of that.
Project HOPEFUL has partnered with Ukraine Medical Outreach and Positive Heart to bring help, hope, healing, and community to positive families in Ukraine.
Here is what our mentor has to say about her involvement in the program:
“I am very excited that this project has taken off and I am personally able to take part in it, and desire in my heart to do this. Praise God there are people who are willing to support and truly understand us because all of this will have a great significance in the future. I have personally faced the reality of dealing with HIV/AIDS and I, more than many others, can relate to what extent it may impact anyone’s life. I had to deal with so many issues once I learned of my positive status and even today I come face to face with the same challenges. I was afraid to live; my life took on the dark shades of color, offering no hope, joy or opportunities. I was left to struggle with the feelings of loneliness, fear, and uncertainty. And it is only because of God and the people He placed in my life, who gently guided me at that time of my life, who made me want to live, pursue a better future, and learn something new. And most of all I am excited about the opportunity to give back to other Ukrainian women and grandmas who are going through those same struggles — to share with them the knowledge and experience I gained, and show how to adopt a better outlook on life. I am raising a child, and I am trying very hard to nurture her in a physically and emotionally healthy environment. I want for all children to grow up to be successful and well-adapted into modern society. It is crucial to offer them hope and provide fair opportunities in life so they too may become free and successful people. I am grateful to God for this blessing to be a part of this project, for the strength to carry on, for guidance and for a huge desire in my heart to reach out and the ideas on how to go about it. I want so much for our women — the moms to be emotionally and physically healthy, have joy in their lives, learn to dream, have faith, become hopeful and start to trust doctors again. As well, that the general public would learn more accurate facts about the issue of HIV/AIDS, so they can better understand hazards of this disease and treat affected people with kindness.”
For more information about this program or to become a monthly sponsor, contact Traci Heim at Traci@projecthopeful.org.
To make a one-time donation or sign up for a monthly sponsorship, please click here: