After Marie Lucie Mentor witnessed doctors systematically neglect her HIV afflicted uncle due to the stigma associated with the disease, she founded Kombit Aysien Pou Lavi Miyo (Haitian Committee for a Better Life or KALMI). KALMI aims to end the isolation and discrimination faced by Haitians living with HIV/AIDS. Although KALMI has few resources and has received minimal funding, the organization has grown with community support and partnerships. In fact, since 2002 KALMI has helped empower 1,800 families through education and support programs. Marie Lucie dreams of creating a centre where all people with HIV/AIDS can come together and transform their lives.
- 1,880 families supported who have suffered from HIV/AIDS
- Monthly home visits to people who are critically ill with HIV/AIDS
- Monthly discussion groups for elderly with HIV/AIDS
- Monthly discussion groups for youth with HIV/AIDS
- Art workshops with local artists for youth with HIV/AIDS
- Craft workshops (i.e., bags, sandals) for youth with HIV/AIDS
- Weekly activities for children with HIV/AIDS