Last Saturday HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco attended the formal openning of La Maison de Vie, a home to care for those suffering from HIV/AIDS. This has long been a cause very near to Stephanie's heart, she is President of Fight AIDS Monaco and has been involved with the construction of the house from the very begining when she participated in the ground breaking. HSH Prince Albert II attended and Pauline Ducruet was also on hand to support her mother in her work. On the subject of her long and dedicated devotion to helping AIDS victimes Princess Stephanie said, "I saw the rejection that all these people are victims, I could not stand by and do nothing. This suffering, this injustice, these patients alone, abandoned by those they love, it’s horrible. When I was appointed ambassador for UNAIDS, I had the chance to go to New York and monitor the work of Housing Works, an organization that deals with housing for people living with HIV and give them the possibility of taking over their lives."
The home can care for 28 people at a time for up to 3 weeks as well as being able to host the friends and family of those staying there. Nothing was overlooked in providing for every need and, in a nod to Princess Stephanie's very 'green' brother, it was also made environmentally friendly. Princess Stephanie deserves a great deal of credit for her work in this area, she has really been a tireless advocate and a force for providing real assistance to the victims of this disease.