Vision: To see lives transformed by God’s love, respecting human dignity in a society where HIV/AIDS is a reality.
Mission: To join efforts in favor of people affected by HIV/AIDS in Paraguay.
Foundation: The Golden Rule: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12
How and when has Alto Refugio Foundation come to start?
Alto Refugio is a non-governmental organization that works in favor of people living with HIV/AIDS. Committed to its vision of seeking the integral restoration of PVV (people living with HIV, Spanish acronym).
Aiming to eradicate discrimination towards people living with HIV, giving accurate and precise information, encouraging people to respond with solidarity to the great need that a lot of people living with HIV face in Paraguay.
In order to understand how this ministry started it is necessary to go back to the nineties. When Pastor David Schmidt together with his wife Judit developed his pastoral ministry in Juan Manuel Frutos (Pastoreo), they met a woman who gave her life to Jesus when she had unexpectedly lost her four-month-old son. Undoubtedly, that situation had been tremendously difficult for Alicia.
Alicia’s life took a great turn and she became very helpful in the ministry for the Schmidt couple in Pastoreo.
Later, Alicia and the Schmidt couple rejoined in the missionary work. This time in the city of Mariano Roque Alonso, where they worked together in founding a church.
In May 1997 Alicia had some health problems and was hospitalized. At that time, she was informed about a diagnosis not easy to assume or face. She had been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.