WE BELIEVE IN CHANGE
Action for Solidarity is an established and active Non-profit American organization with 501 (c) (3) designation founded in 1997.
This year we will have 26 years of serving the Hispanic community in the United States, especially in Miami Dade County in the State of Florida, providing advice to local services on HIV / AIDS. During that time, we have supported people with difficulties accessing antiretroviral treatment in Latin American and Caribbean countries such as Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, with significant attention in Venezuela.
We are proud of the work we have done, and we are grateful to those who have made it possible. We thank all our volunteers, who selflessly and with a great sense of solidarity, dedicate part of their time to support our work and all our collaborators, thanks to whom it is possible to carry out our programs.
CHANGE A LIFE TODAY
We are committed to empowering, Hispanic and Inmigrant communities at high risk of contracting HIV and the general population.
It all began in 1997, two years after my friend Feliciano’s partner, “Rafa” died from AIDS at a very young age and in a short period of time.
Feliciano Reyna founded one of the first organizations providing HIV / AIDS services in Venezuela, Acción Solidaria in Caracas, in 1995. There was a need for awareness, prevention, and education in all sectors of society and treatment for everyone with HIV or AIDS in Latin America; the epidemic was particularly hard for people with low income and those in extreme poverty.
In February 1997, Action for Solidarity, Inc was already established in the State of Florida and operating exclusively with the support of a group of volunteers, doctors, nurses, and social workers, especially at Mercy Hospital in Miami, as well as travelers from Caracas-Miami-Caracas, who kindly offered to transport the donations which Action for Solidarity was already receiving. Those donations helped keep 290 people on antiretroviral treatment for two years, without interruption, until it finally became available in Venezuela.
With the beginning of the millennium and thanks to FEDCO (CVS Pharmacy) together with other directors of community agencies, activists, and the local community in general, we got our first office in April of 2000, a space donated by FEDCO which, by then was called “The South Beach Wellness Center ” and where Action for Solidarity shared the same roof with South Beach AIDS Project (SoBAP), directed by Jeffry Wilkinson and also CareResource with the food assistance program “FOOD4LIFE Network”.
Almost 20 years have passed, and Action for Solidarity remains active and strong. We have worked through all these years providing referral services and linkage to HIV services to the Hispanic community in Miami-Dade. We continue to maintain a bridge of health for Latin American countries through our Recycled Medicine Donation Program.
Thanks to all of you, heroes who have supported our programs and have always given our organization a helping hand. Because of people like you, we continue helping those who need us most.
HIV is everyone’s matter!
By Cristobal Plaza L.
MISSION AND VISION
Our mission is to contribute to reducing the social impact of the HIV epidemic within the Hispanic community and immigrants in the United States, offering answers in the areas of prevention and comprehensive care, always striving to ensure recognition, respect, protection, and attention to the human rights of people with HIV, their partners, and families. In addition to assisting Venezuela by reducing the lack of medicines for HIV and other chronic diseases.