Linda Arot is planning for long, healthy and happy lives, for herself, her family and her community.
July 2017, Nyamagongo, Shirati TanzaniaLinda ArotREACH Shirati's Leader of Positivel Living HIV/AIDS support and education group, Nyamagongo-Shirati
"When I first talked with Hattie and Laura about starting an HIV/AIDS Education Project in Nyamagongo, I was so happy. I remember thinking about how our community desperately needed an education and testing project, and how many people’s lives it could save. In fact, I could not stop thinking about it!"Three years later, with the help of the Global Fund for Women grant, so many of my dreams for this project have come true. The education and testing program has saved lives of many in my community. We have educated hundreds about prevention and opened many eyes to the importance of HIV/AIDS education. "Yet, creating and leading the Bora Uzima (Better Life) or "Positive Living" support group has meant even more to me. After testing positive, many women are scared and don't know what the future holds for them. In the program and support group they learn how to live positively with HIV, have a normal life, keep their partner and family negative, and even give birth while on medication. They are able to learn from each other, and lean on one another for support and guidance. This also inspires them to educate other women in the community who may fear stigma and not join the group themselves."I am grateful for the opportunity to spread my message of hope for a healthier, happier future in my community and beyond, and I will never stop."
Linda ArotREACH Shirati's Leader of Positivel Living HIV/AIDS support and education group, Nyamagongo-Shirati
"Three years later..., so many of my dreams for this project have come true."