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Mama Usiku lost her family to AIDS... but then she found hope.

June 2013, Nyamagongo, Tanzania


Mama Usiku is a resident of Nyamagongo. She is HIV positive and in 2012, she participated in our first HIV/AIDS Education classes offered to all Nyamagongo residents.
Mama Usiku knew all too well the devastating toll AIDS can take on a family because she had already lost her husband and children to the disease. She explained that she decided to participate in the class to learn how to cope with her circumstance and continue to live her life. Mama Uskiu said she was overjoyed to learn that she could live a longer, healthier life without spreading the infection further.
While taking the AIDS education class she met a boy who was orphaned because of AIDS. “Because of the class, I felt like I understood how to care for those with HIV, and help them get the right treatment.  I felt empowered to help this boy with the knowledge I was given.” So she took the boy in as her son and gave him more than a home, she gave him a way to a healthier and longer life.
Now Mama Usiku encourages her neighbors to join the group. The life-enhancing knowledge she gained in the class gave her the courage to live with HIV and made possible a happier and healthier future with her new son. 

June 2013, Nyamagongo, Tanzania



Mama Usiku lost her family to AIDS... but then she found hope.

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