HIV Care and Nutrition Program (UKUN)

Apr 1, 2013

The Story of Abdullah

The story of Abdullah: Accounts of a working nurse

Abdullah comes every day actually spends most his days in our clinic. He was born with HIV and is 17 yrs now.

He doesn’t get food at home so we buy him what we can. He is very underweight! His parents died and his grandmother now and now he stays with his auntie but apparently she doesn't give food, says there s no space for him in the house and tried once to poison him!

There is big stigma there too! Abdullah is a very clever boy. We want to help him by giving him money (from our collected sponsor money) to start a small business. He used to share a business with a friend in the past so he has experience in this type of work. He wants to sell some food stuff in his street like ugali flour, sugar etc. He says that's where the good money is! We are going to find out now the costs from the wholesale.

He seemed very happy with this kind of support.

Sadly he has contracted TB since last weekend and we are going to hospital with him tomorrow to be trained to give injections to him daily for 54 for days so that way he doesn't need to go to hospital every day.

I have never given him money sometimes a small snack but his housing situation is also a disaster. He doesn't want me to have a meeting with his auntie and the chief of the street (as the procedure would be) because it will cause more conflict. We respect his wishes but again where is the way out? Just wait for him to get better first, but he already looked better today :-)

Maybe the small business could be a start to a better future. You should have seen how his face lit up!


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