Appeltjes Stefan van der Kamp ShivA

On the 1st of June, our very own Positive Sister, Liako was a guest at Palace Noordeinde where she spoke to Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander regarding her significant work for ShivA as a Positive Sister as well as a professional. This work is valuable for other women who are HIV positive just like Liako, also valuable for their children and above all, valuable for our society.

Queen Maxima and King Alexander expressed a lot of enthusiasm when Liako told them about her work and that of other Positive Sisters and Brothers. The work of the Positive Sisters and Brothers was also brought up during the interview which Matthijs van Nieuwkerk had with Queen Maxima in honour of her 50th birthday. Matthijs described the Positive Sisters and Brothers as “Role models for migrants or people with HIV”.

The Positive Sisters and Brothers project was amongst the 12 finalists from a staggering number of 233 organisations which participated in the contest for the Appeltjes van Oranje 2021. Although the 3 Appeltjes were awarded to other organisations, the attention received from the King and Queen on the work of the Positive Sisters and Brothers formed the ultimate honour for our Positive Sisters and Brothers and the amazing work they are doing. For that, we are extremely proud!

We express our sincere gratitude to everyone who supported us during the voting days. We feel rich with the solidarity and support from people with HIV, colleagues and partner organisations who value our work.