Marie Crisse Thioye (Mother Mary), AASED President:
AASED provides support and care to vulnerable children particularly those infected and affected by HIV AIDS. Most of the children here are HIV infected. We called it association for support and care to vulnerable Children to avoid discrimination and stigmatization. All kinds of children are in AASED: vulnerable, homeless ones, children of divorced couple, widows, sex workers, All knds. We give medical, psycho-social, affective, legal care and food to these vulnerable children.
Question: What made you set up this association?
Mother Mary:Thanks Miss. I’ve been fighting HIV AIDS for twenty years now. I was the first to have told a woman that she was HIV positive in 1986. I’ve been caring for these women for a long time. I saw that many of died leaving children behind. I was a co-founder of SWAA and AWA that care for sex workers. I set up a third association, AASED, to take care of orphans because there will always be orphans and vulnerable children. So I created AASEDjust to assist these children. Now the World Bank, the Global Fund and HACI based in Washington fund us.
Fatoumata Dia, HACI/Senegal:
Stands for Hope for African Children Initiative. It is an initiative to help orphaned and vulnerable children, mother or fatherless kids due to to HIV/AIDS and those in hard social conditions.
Mary: We’ve got no pediatric ARVs . The Senegalese authorities said that ARVs are free. But what of opportunistic infections? We have to buy medicines to treat them. That’s not free.
Fatoumata: We mostly help children. As we can’t care for them only, we do it through families. So we also take parents in charge.
Mary: Their future is a problem. There are few funders, and means and hosting places are scarce.
Martin Luther King school students, Dakar/Senegal:
(Preparing questions for Marie Cisse Thioye)
Joanna Ndione, student :
She’s more than a community heroine. Few people can do what she does. People are ashamed of AIDS patients. I wish she got more support.
Aissetou Seck, student:
She’s very brave. She’s been fighting for HIV infected kids for 20 years. That’s exceptional. It really hurts me to see these unfortunate kids living with AIDS. It really hurts me.
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