Salam and Hi everyone! My name is Suraya and I’m trying to raise funds for the Malaysian Aids Foundation. I stand for self-empowerment. But I know sometimes, in certain circumstances or situations we find it hard to even have hope on anything. A dead end. We just feel trapped and stuck. No one in the world asks to be sick, we can ease their burden and give them a second chance to live a better life I would like to play my part to help by fundraising for the cause and at the same time share some knowledge in reducing the stigma. I would like to thank you all for helping, I believe giving is not just about donating - it's about making a difference.

My Story

Zahra (not her real name), 39, found out that she was HIV positive when she went for a medical check-up during her pregnancy 17 years ago. Her doctor recommended her to start immediate antiretroviral treatment to prevent her unborn child from getting infected. Soon after she gave birth, her husband died from brain tumour and she was left alone to care for her son, who is now 16 years old.

A former nurse, Zahra found it tough to find a stable job to support her family due to her HIV status. She faced a lot of stigma and discrimination when applying for jobs, especially those that require her to do a HIV test. She also needs to go for frequent medical check-ups and follow-ups which caused a financial drain on her. However, due to stress and her deteriorating health, Zahra defaulted on her treatment regime and developed resistance to her first-line treatment. As a result, she now needs second-line treatment which is not provided free at government hospitals. The medications cost her up to RM500 a month. 

Zahra was delighted when she qualified for the MyLady Assistance Scheme run by the Malaysian AIDS Foundation. The programme gives her the opportunity to expand her family’s business by equipping her with vocational skills and financial aid. She has set her sights on opening a restaurant so she can better provide for her family.

“My family is all that I have left in this world. They have been with me through good and bad times. I am so happy to be given this chance to turn my life around and become a successful businesswoman one day,” she said.

Recent Donors

  • Nuzul Izuan

    MYR 10 07/09/2020 07:47:13 AM UTC

  • Anonymous

    Saya panjangkan pahala sedekah on behalf of my granddad, Abd Samad bin Ujang. Al-Fatihah.

    MYR 50 07/03/2020 07:07:55 AM UTC

  • Anonymous

    Don’t give up. Keep going!

    MYR 50 06/28/2020 06:11:15 AM UTC

  • Jasmizi Jamal

    MYR 10 06/19/2020 03:55:00 AM UTC

  • Anonymous

    Keep up a good work and keep going!

    MYR 50 06/09/2020 12:22:54 PM UTC

  • Anonymous

    Good Luck Suraya

    MYR 10 06/08/2020 07:38:29 AM UTC

  • Anonymous


    MYR 15 06/04/2020 07:35:28 AM UTC

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