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SEROvie
serovie SEROvie is a Haitian Community Based Organization with a dual focus on health and rights for Haiti’s sexual minorities. Founded in 1999 to establish a HIV prevention and support program for some of Haiti’s most vulnerable populations, SEROvie became a vital source of aid, support and advocacy in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake. As it has rebuilt its programs and capacity, SEROvie has continued to improve the quality of life and uphold the dignity of sexual minorities and their families. SEROvie distributes condoms, lubricants and communication materials to nearly 3,300 people. It refers its beneficiaries to healthcare centres and provides them with related psychological and social support. SEROvie uses peer educators to distribute food and hygiene kits and to conduct home-based care visits. The organization also maintains a resource centre for information and documentation on HIV and AIDS, and has made this resource available to non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In addition to HIV services, SEROvie has provided vocational training—sewing, cooking, driving, computer skills—as well as a micro-credit program, to enable its members to address issues of unemployment and poverty.

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SEROvie

 

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Successes

Profile in Brief
Organisation
SEROvie
Region
Caribbean
Classification
Small non-governmental organization (NGO)
Field of Work
Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support
Abolishing punitive laws
Populations Served
Young people
Men who have Sex with Men
LGBT people
Sex Workers
Founded
1999
Staff
15 full-time, 247 volunteers
  • Prior to the earthquake, SEROvie’s community centre was a space for men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women and a small number of bisexual and lesbian women who came to build community and find acceptance. Since January 2010, this community centre has become a humanitarian aid distribution centre as well as a site for counselling and support—one of the few remaining safe spaces for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
  • In March of 2011, representatives from SEROvie travelled to New York and Washington D.C., where they held a Haiti advocacy day and met with key government officials to discuss their concerns and to advocate for greater involvement of civil society in the reconstruction process.
  • In April 2010, SEROvie’s leadership partnered with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission to produce a briefing paper that places earthquake relief and recovery efforts in the context of the protection, enjoyment and promotion of the human rights of LGBT people.
  • SEROvie works where no one else works, with people no one else will touch, and tirelessly advocates for their right to be counted as fellow human beings. SEROvie is providing the broader Haitian community, and indeed the global community, with a model for how a society can care for its most vulnerable and marginalized populations.


Partnerships

  • Haitian Platform of Associations for Persons Infected with HIV (SEROvie is one of the founding members)
  • Multi-Sector Coordination Committee (entity that supervises management of financing of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Haiti)
  • Ministry for Public Health and Population and STD/HIV/AIDS Coordination and Control Unit
  • Caribbean Vulnerable Communities network
  • International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • Maison Plein Coeur
  • Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights

Contact

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: 509 37569 768
Address: 31 rue Casseus Pacot,
Port au Prince Haiti