Buddyzorg Positivo

positivo logoVisiting hours:wednesday 13.00 - 17.00 uur - Eerste Helmersstraat 17, Amsterdam
Telephone: 06 - 39 86 07 67 of 020 - 6160160
E-mail: buddyzorgpositivo@hivnet.org
Weblog: Positivo hiv enconsulta

Article published in Positive News - april 2011- by Peter J. Smit

Migrant buddies for Spanish and Portuguese speaking people

A buddy network for Spanish and Portuguese speaking migrants with HIV has become active again. This network is dedicated to representing this group.

The buddy network started in the beginning of 2009. There are five volunteers that maintain the network. People seeking help in finding migrant buddies can do so via the Association's website, in flyers at hospitals, and by word-of-mouth. On a Tuesday evening, I spoke with the supervisor of the buddy network, Genoveva Silva. Genoveva has a lot of experience in representing migrants. We were a bit pressed for time, but regardless Genoveva recounts how important the buddy network is.


Nieuwe Nederlanders: “Crisis Support New Dutch”

The board of the Hiv Vereniging Nederland (Dutch HIV Association) is aware that a large proportion (approximately 30%) of HIV-positive people living in the Netherlands are not native-born. These innocent people, far from their native lands are often without support from family or friends. In addition, linguistic and cultural differences and the taboo of AIDS does not make it any easier for them.



The principle objective of NOPPAL is to give psychological, medical and social support to people living with the HIVnoppal virus. NOPPAL has been formed to appeal mainly to HIV positive immigrants in the Northern three provinces of the Netherlands: Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe, regardless of their sexual preference, their race, religion or age.
NOPPAL tries to reach it’s objective by providing a framework where those concerned can freely express themselves, pick up their lives again and where their individual talents can be restored and where knowledge about the disease can be obtained through contact with other members and organizers.


Stichting ShivA

Who is ShivA?
shivaShivA is a professional organisation for pastoral and spiritual care for people living with hiv/aids in the Netherlands:women and men,legal and without legal papers, straight, lesbian/gay, bi- and transsexual; Christian, Jew, Muslim, any other religion and without belief; hiv-positive, partner, family, friend or mourning a beloved one who died of aids.
Inga Mielitz is a pastor and working with positive people already for more than 16 years.
Marjo van Bergen has a humanistic background And worked in a hospital, in a prison and with elderly people before.


Monastery retreat with ShivA

Article published in Positive News - april 2011 - by Peter J. Smit

The retreats organised by ShivA are starting to become a household name. They are an opportunity to spend some time for yourself, to contemplate who you are and where you want to go in your life. There are mixed groups and women's groups. It's a breath of fresh air. A personal account.



There is a group who don’t want any contact with fellow hiv-positive people due to the taboo, but about half of thetam tam people we assist do like to meet other hiv-infected people. There are also some of them who would like to become active within the HIV Association. That is the reason why we started the Tam-Tam project in 2008 to stimulate the ability to cope with their hiv-status. Every third Saturday of the month we meet from 1:30 – 5:00 PM at the Fraterhuis Elim, Schiphollaan 30 in Tilburg where people can meet others and exchange experiences. For many this is the only possibility to talk about their hiv-status and is therefore of utmost importance for them to accept their own hiv-status and to work on a positive self-image.


The world house

The  world  house  is  a  meeting  place  for  the  undocumented, people  without  a valid  staying  permit. People  with few rights but with a lot of plans and ideas for their future. 
There  are  approximately  15.000  undocumented  people  living  in Amsterdam  which  includes  also  many  children.  About  2.000  of them  are  asylum  seekers  who have finished  their legal  process. Many came as labor immigrants, others have fallen victim to sex-trafficking or a failed marriage migration.
In  the  world  house  they  can  catch  their  breath,  reflect  on  their personal  situation  and  most  of  all:  take  matters  into  their  own hands.  They  can  exchange  experiences  and  develop  initiatives together.  It  is  often  difficult  for  undocumented  people  to  speak freely with their friends about their illegal stay in the Netherlands.
But in the world house, talking and discussion are encouraged.  What  are  the  issues  which  people have  to  face  daily?  How  are  you  managing  your health,  labor  and  family  if  you  don’t  have  valid staying permits?



Hiv Vereniging Nederland

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