Phou noted that when the food packages are delivered, the recipients are “so happy, even if it’s just a small package.” She believes the packages make recipients feel they have not been left out or forgotten. Witnessing their joy makes her want to raise more funds to help additional vulnerable individuals and families.
To date, the EpiC Cambodia team has raised more than US$3,700 and collected 30 blankets and 100 bottles of hand sanitizer. Food packages have been assembled and delivered to more than 230 families through local CBOs, including Men’s Health Social Service, Men’s Health Cambodia, Cambodian Women for Peace and Development, Cambodian People Living with HIV Network, and ARV Users Association.
The EpiC Cambodia team plans to continue raising funds until the red zone restrictions are lifted. Along with these volunteer efforts, the team continues to deliver on its core mission of meeting the HIV prevention, care, and treatment needs of key population individuals and people living with HIV in Cambodia and ensuring uninterrupted access to services during the pandemic.