Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cambodian monk helps HIV-affected community

In the heart of Cambodia, many gather in a Buddhist Pagoda to give spiritual support to families affected with HIV and AIDS. Meditation is taught to them to help them cope with dealing with HIV.
“Before these sessions, we felt stressed and ashamed, we did not want to meet any one and felt discriminated against. Now we are a lot more positive” says Ken Chanthy one of the regulars.
The community is also taught about the type of medication they need to be taking in order to live a healthy life, its all part of the “Buddhist Leadership Initiative” and UNICEF.
Ulrike Gilbert a UNICEF HIV Specialist has to say that, the support monks provide is important because they support the spiritual needs of the people and help to mobilize material support for the people. The majority of the people are living below the poverty line.

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