Helping people make the best of life, in spite of the odds
The IFPSW works to promote psychosocial wellness both at home in Richmond, Virginia and internationally. Founded in 2008, our projects focus on mental health as well as physical
health. We provide assistance to victims of conflict, violence, and
sexual assault, and work to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and the stigma associated with it. We also work to encourage people struggling with low
self-confidence to reassess their behaviors and find ways to improve
their lives and the lives of those around them.
The stories below are examples of the incredible people we've encountered as we've continued our work. You can also learn more about our projects, events, and fundraisers by clicking the links to the left.
Joan* developed AIDS following a gang rape when she was overtaken by a military group in the jungle during the civil war in the Congo.
With the help of counselors, she is now a volunteer teaching other Africans that HIV/AIDS is an illness, not a hex or a curse. She is also working to help others accept, prevent, and reduce the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.