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EVA Association member Maria Nedobezhkina launched her own project in Ivanovo with support from the Secretariat. “In the summer of 2016 I was at a…

EVA Association member Maria Nedobezhkina launched her own project in Ivanovo with support from the Secretariat.

“In the summer of 2016 I was at a meeting in Krasnodar Krai which was organized by EVA for activists in the field of HIV services. Considering that at that time in Ivanovo there were no such services for HIV positive women, I wanted to do something useful and really needed. I spoke with project coordinator Natalia Sukhova and she discussed the possibility of finding funding to create such a service with the MAC AIDS Fund.

That’s how the Women’s Happiness project came about. The project established a mutual support group for HIV positive women in our city. Also, we were given the opportunity to distribute milk formula, vitamins, and diapers to women who are in need. And in our AIDS Center we were able to equip a children’s room!

Great thanks to Natalia and other staff at EVA for the assistance with preparing the application! I was in constant contact with Natalia when we were writing the concept and her recommendations and hints were very valued and needed!

The project started on the 1st of November 2016 and now is coming to its final stages. I am already preparing to write applications to continue the project’s work! If it works out our service will not only remain, but it will be expanded.

During the project we saw many HIV positive women who returned from prison which is located in Ivanovo and who face various challenges during their resocialization. Therefore we want to help them, for example by organizing craft workshops for them and other skills development so they may feel like they are needed and part of a community after returning to freedom.”

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