Published: Friday, 07 January 2011 11:54
Joel Sainton is an itinerant preacher who formed a grassroots agency called APIA to serve the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. He does his work in Port-au-Prince and has continued to serve these people despite the challenges caused by the earthquake on January 12, 2010. Sainton's work involves counseling those with the disease about how and where to get treatment, supporting families who find it difficult to find basic necessities of life, visiting the sick and shut in who are living with the disease, and creating a community of people who can support each other while keeping each other's confidences. Most of the people who are apart of the organization had not gone public with the fact that they are HIV positive. Indeed, some of them admitted that the only people who knew they were carrying the virus were those in the APIA organization.
This video is part of a multimedia series on Haiti after the Earthquake. See all related reporting for the Pulitzer Center, including poetry, photography, print and television reports here:http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/caribbean/after-quake-hivaids-haiti