Good Practices - Page 2
HIV education to our neighbors saved us.
It was only a few years ago since my father passed away leaving me behind with my mother and sister.
We are all alone and we miss the support my father used to bring to the family. My mother has no job. She does poultry keeping and sometimes this helps us meet our basic needs.
We used to hear people in our neighborhood saying that our father died from HIV. When we asked our mother she didn’t want to tell us anything.
Then our neighbors began to isolate us and point fingers at us. The children started saying bad things about us and excluding us altogether. Their behavior really hurt us.
We could not understand why they were shunning us like that.
We used to always share food with our neighbors, but then they just stopped.
Our neighbors would not bring us any food and they would not accept any food from us either.
When we asked them about their sudden change in behavior, they said they were afraid we afraid we would infect them with HIV.
Eventually, our mother decided to tell us that she was in fact HIV positive.
We were very saddened by her revelation, but we felt that there was no reason to isolate her. We love her so much and she loves us.
Soon after, our neighbors received some education on HIV and the consequences of discrimination. They were taught that they cannot get HIV simply by sitting or eating with someone who is HIV positive.
Now we live well with our neighbors like in the past.
They don’t say mean things about us nor do they isolate us anymore. We play happily with their children.
Although we still live in poverty, we appreciate the support we get from our neighbors and the entire community. We are very grateful for this fellowship.