Living with HIV

What is HIV?

HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system. The virus will destroy a type of white blood cell in the immune system which is called a T-helper cell, and will makes copies of itself inside these cells. CD4 cells, are what T-helper are also referred to as.

If HIV is left untreated, it can take up to 10 or 15 years for the immune system to be so severely damaged it can no longer defend itself. However, the speed HIV progresses will vary a lot depending on age, health and background.

Our Program

A fully functional and successful Group Home with 23 HIV-positive children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia have been cut off from financial support, which means the Group Home was supposed to close and the 23 children, most of them orphaned, would be left to fend for themselves. To prevent this BHC has taken the full responsibility for the children and taken over the daily running of the Group Home to provide for these children long term, until they are independent enough to take care of themselves.

About Bright Hope Cambodia

Bright Hope Cambodia was created to save 17 children from ending up in the streets of Phnom Penh. BHC is a non-governmental organization that provides education, medicine and social care for 17 HIV affected children and youths through a Group Home in Phnom Penh Cambodia. We aim to create a safe environment for them to grow up in, with the support they need.