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Real stories from the Hogar: Giving Hope, and Saving Lives

One pill can do a lot to a person. From the first finger prick, generation 3 test. The second, generation 4 test. The first consult and reference to a specialist. Then more blood tests. Low CD4, High Viral Load, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, other referrals. They are usually in a daze, is it real?… until…they are given that pill. That is when reality sets in.

Tears often start to flow then. Guilt engulfs them. They ponder over and over exactly what to tell their family and friends. There is the realization that they may have been carrying this thing for 5 years, and infecting others without knowing it. And there is the thought about who gave it to them in the first place… Then comes the realization that they found out just in time. There are way too many people in Ecuador with their same diagnosis lying in morgues or buried in unmarked graves. Their families were never contacted. Some mother cries daily for her lost child who died alone in some hospital or along some river. It could have all been prevented with that one small pill.

Here at Hogar de Esperanza, we have helped hundreds of people get tested for HIV. People of different nationalities, ages, genders and sexual orientations. We have helped them reconnect with their families. Come off the streets and start a new life. We have helped so many mothers hug their children again. And for those who have no family, we have become their new family. We have helped save lives with that one small, and very special pill.

These past few weeks have been challenging for us, with a constant flow of new patients in need of assistance. Our financial resources remain limited and donations have been down. We really need your help this month as we continue to meet the needs of those most vulnerable, and in need of a helping hand. To help us assist those in dire need, you can make a donation at: https://hogaresperanza.org/en/donations/. Thank you so much – we could not do any of this without you!

Teresa Eklund: info@hogaresperanza.org 099 094 7611. Call after: 6 AM.

City: Cuenca