Our mission is to create an ongoing bond of friendship between the NIST community and the children living with HIV/AIDS through empathy and love, in order to fulfill their dreams and give them a sense of belonging.
We are a group of students from NIST who have dedicated ourselves to creating a bond and fulfilling the dreams of children living with HIV. After previously working alongside the Mercy Centre, we now support a HIV orphanage in Lopburi called Baan Gerda to ensure that the children feel accepted in the world.
Because children’s immune systems are not fully developed, children living with HIV get sick more severely than adults. They may experience the same common pediatric infections as HIV-negative children, but cannot fight these infections as effectively. In developing countries in particular, tuberculosis, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses are common in HIV-positive children. Children often face other issues related to living with HIV disease, including, family issues, bullying and medication adherence. As children age into adolescence they may also begin to face issues regarding sex and physical appearance. Dreams We Believe In seeks to help children living with or affected by AIDS mitigate some of these issues by enabling days of play and friendship.
Which UN Sustainable Development Goals Do We Support?
To provide a clear context for the aims of service groups at NIST, we align our projects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations.” This NIST group supports the following goals:
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Sustainability & Transparency
All NIST service groups are held to our community’s high standards and values: integrity, caring, community and growth.
Funds Raised (THB)
Since its founding in 2013, 2Develop has raised over THB 550,000 to support its projects in Omgoi and Cambodia.
To remove the stigma of HIV/AIDS
95% of all funds and resources raised have been directly funneled to the beneficiary communities.
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