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Food aid and digital vouchers
One of the many organizations that continue to distribute aid in Amsterdam is the Filipino LGBT Europe. Over the year, the organization extended its mandate of supporting LGBT community to all vulnerable Filipinos in the Netherlands.
“The crisis knows no gender and we pledged to help everybody. Through the help of Red Cross, the Philippine Embassy, and other Filipino organizations, we are able to continue distributing help to many displaced Filipinos,” said Chris Sta. Brigida, Chairperson of Filipino LGBT Europe.
A total of 11,624 aid in various forms have been distributed, including 1,600 food aid packs and almost 5,000 digital vouchers to almost 750 recipients, mostly Filipinos but also to other nationalities from Columbia, Peru, Cuba, Venezuela and Morocco.
“Through the digital vouchers which can be used in supermarkets or grocery stores, we are able to empower Filipinos to choose the help they need,” Sta. Brigida added.
Free Medical Care and HIV Testing
But other form of support and aid are also sprouting across the Netherlands.
The Filipino LGBT Europe, together with Dokters van de Wereld and some Filipino registered nurses, also organized a Medical Mission Bus for Filipinos who are not able to access formal medical care.
The Zorgbus provides weekly medical and psychological consultation, HIV testing, blood pressure/glucose/cholesterol measurements, and other medical needs.
“The HIV Testing Program doesn’t only provide testing but also counselling in which they are given crucial information on how they can prevent contracting the disease and what treatment options they have if tested positive,” Francis Mase, HIV Committee Head of the Filipino LGBT Europe, said.
“It is very important to be tested and I want to do it because I want to take care of myself. Since this is free, I am happy to avail of this HIV testing,” Kaylie Intong, a recipient of the free HIV testing program, said.
DO YOU NEED HELP?
If you need help, you may read more on what we do via the link below. We do weekly distribution of food aid in Amsterdam.
Alternatively, please send an email to AyudasaAmsterdam@FilipinoLGBT.eu.
DO YOU WANT TO HELP?
Do you want to volunteer or help us with us with our work? Please kindly send an email to AyudasaAmsterdam@FilipinoLGBT.eu.
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