The video of the documentary in Mandarin:
This short documentary shows the the discrimination against people with AIDS/HIV in Singapore, and also shows the volunteering journey with people with AIDS/HIV. (My volunteer group was featured).
One part of the documentary recounted the story that the senior volunteers pooled together a few thousands dollars to pay for the funeral of one of the patients (as his wife and kid don't have the money). It is really touching.
About 2 months ago, during the new volunteer sharing session, I shared my own journey as a volunteer for the past 4 years. People always asked me why I chose to volunteer with HIV/AIDS patients. I was trying to explore volunteering with different organizations and chanced upon this group of Buddhist volunteers - Maitripal.
"Our name combines “Maitri” – A Sanskrit word meaning “friendship of universal love and compassion” – with “pals”: we befriend the patients in a spirit of universal love and compassion."
This cause grows on me over the years. The stigmatization is really bad, for instance, one of the documentary production crews refused to enter the ward after realizing it is a ward for people with HIV/AIDS. I do not blame him, but it is his ignorance that caused so much fear in him.
Who does not make mistakes in life?
Who are you to judge other people?
Do you really understand the background of the person?
We just know that these people who are badly discriminated by the society.
They are chronically sick and are suffering.
They just need some help & a listening ear.
Massaging a patient.
Break fast with a Muslim patient.
Senior volunteers with a patient during his last few days in the world.
Really hope that there would be less discrimination and more love.
May all beings be free from suffering.
"Om Mani Padme Hung" _()_