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Siempre Unidos Charity Profile
We're medical providers, counselors, pastors, business leaders and community outreach volunteers who share two critical goals—containing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Honduras and minimizing its impact on the community. We fight the disease with comprehensive, compassionate care. And we fight the stigma with education and employment opportunities.
Siempre Unidos began as the first self help group for persons with AIDS in Honduras in 1995 and we remain loyal to our roots. From its inception, the group relied on Rev Pascual Torres, Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras. With support from St. Stephen’s Church (Belvedere, CA) and All Saints Parish (Beverly Hills, CA), the group was able to rent a meeting space in San Pedro Sula and receive nursing care and medicines for opportunistic infections. Despite this holistic support, the average life expectancy once joining the group was 6 months.
Through partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation in February 2003, our meeting area in San Pedro Sula was transformed into a true clinic offering physician care and triple anti-retroviral medications. Working in conjunction with the government of Honduras, our San Pedro Sula clinic became an official government "Integral Clinic" eligible for government provided anti retroviral medications and laboratory tests. At the Honduran government‘s request we opened clinics in Siguatepeque in 2003 and in Roatan in 2004. In 2005, we were able to build a 3000 square foot clinic / work shop in Siguatepeque. In 2007, we received a beautiful 5,000 square foot clinic building in Roatan donated by From the Heart Foundation
In close partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras and the Ministry of Health of Honduras, we run three AIDS treatment clinics providing medical care, social services and spiritual guidance. To limit the spread of the disease—and to fight the stigma associated with it—we provide education, screening and advocacy to the larger community, as well as employment opportunities to HIV positive individuals.
Beginning in February 2003, Siempre Unidos was one of the earliest providers of effective, affordable anti-retroviral treatment in Honduras.
Social and Spiritual Services
Siempre Unidos provides many unique services that enable HIV positive persons to learn to live with hope despite having AIDS.
At our patients' request, we have started four micro industries to provide employment with fair trade wages, in safe supportive settings, and with accommodation to their health needs.
Community Education and Testing
We have taken a leadership role in the education of the entire Honduran community about the high prevalence of HIV and how to avoid infection.