JJ's story - Your help to survive HIV

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Raised by 12 people in 20 days
Created November 28, 2018
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Dear Kind People,

JJ was my nanny, and he is the only one, who has always been there for me. Dearest JJ took care of me, when I was too young and no one else did. Now I try to take care of him. JJ was an orphan and has no family, so I consider him as my family.

JJ is diagnosed with AIDS. He was infected purposely by his former partner years ago. Sadly, JJ's partner confessed that he did it on purpose, because he "didn't want to die alone". A few months after that, he left JJ even more devastated.

JJ works hard and always has. When his disease got too bad for a 9-5 job, he opened his own successful barbecue stand business in a Bangkok market. It allowed him to work flexible hours, and to stay at home on the worst days, even if he still had to work hard.

Now, he has to stay at home, fearing the judgement of ignorant people. He started to get PPE spots (pruritic papular eruption of HIV) that are visible. Because of the social stigma and strong fears and prejudice still rampant in Thailand, no one will buy his food, if they see the spots. He would risk not only losing his business but also being attacked by people, as lack of knowledge means they fear he will infect them. He would never sell a stick of barbecue again. The doctor told him it will take months until the spots fade, so at the moment JJ tries to stay at home and covers himself with a long sleeves shirt.

His white blood cell level is very low and his immune system is not great, he is very weak and he easily gets sick.

The social welfare is not great in Thailand and the living expense in Bangkok is quite high. He does get the anti-viral pills for free for now, however, so medical costs are thankfully low, and I have been able to support him with blood tests etc. From time to time, I have tried to support JJ financially, but since I am still a student, I am also struggling financially. I live in Israel and JJ is living in Thailand, so I try my best to help him remotely.

My goal at the moment is to help JJ find jobs online, so he could work from home, and to help him for the next 6 months until his condition is better and he can go back to work.

This is where I need you help.

We need to get him a computer for $300 so he can work from home and hopefully provide for himself. His monthly costs for rent, water, electricity, food and transport to the hospital are around 11,000 Baht, or 330 USD. I hope to raise up to $2,500 in total, so JJ has a little extra cash in case of an emergency.

Please help me with anything you can.

Rent: 3,000 THB X 6 = 18,000 THB = 550 USD
Water+ Electricity: 1,000 THB = 6,000 THB = 180 USD
Food: 1 meal of food + drink in Bangkok costs around 50 THB so….
50 X 3 meals X 30 days X 6 months = 29,000 THB = 880 USD

Transportation to travel to the hospital (since he lives far away from the hospital):
500 THB X 4 weeks X 6 Months = 12,000 THB = 360 USD

5. A computer: 300 USD

In total: 2,270 USD


Thanks for all your kindness. I will keep you all posted of JJ’s condition.

Best wishes,

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kr3,405 of kr16,400 goal

Raised by 12 people in 20 days
Created November 28, 2018
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