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May 10, 2018

Reality Check

Play Therapy
Play Therapy

In the afterschool programme there 29 children, they and their families are helped physically by providing lunch, fruit and Nucleo four afternoons a week, and handing out food parcels every week. 

By getting these regular meals and the Nucleo supplement, we see the children grow not just physically, but also in their school results, socially and emotionally. 

In the long term we want to see the children grow to be adults who can provide for themselves and their families, without being limited by their health and abilities. That way they can make an impact in their families and communities, and reach out to others that need help.

Reality Check

One child’s father found out that he was HIV positive, after a long battle of trying to get him into the local clinic for testing (due to him being a foreigner). When he tested positive he was immediately put on ARVs, but it was a huge challenge for him to take medication as he had no work, no food and the children are the ones who are taking care of him.

The team managed to provide food and Nucleo for him every evening so that he could to take his medication on a full stomach. However, he continued to get sick since he started medication too late, he later passed away. Because they are foreigners the children don’t have any other relatives here and were taken to a place of safety where they are kept to date, the team continues to have contact with them.

May 10, 2018

There is life after diagnosis

Client at care centre
Client at care centre

Sunil*, an AIDSLink Nepal volunteer, met Kavita* who was in tears at the hospital, after discovering she had contracted HIV from her husband. 

AIDSLink Nepal continues seeking to educate and support persons affected and infected by HIV and AIDS.  Kavita, like many people in Nepal, knew nothing about HIV, except the incorrect idea that you die immediately after contracting the virus. 

Sunil and his team immediately started counselling and educating Kavita, showing her there is life after diagnosis.  Kavita, knowing nothing about the virus or how to care for herself after diagnosis, benefitted greatly from the guidance received from AIDSLink Nepal staff. 

They also took her to a local hospital for treatment, tests, and Antiretroviral Therapy.  Over time, Kavita moved from feeling hopeless, weak and empty, to feeling joy, hope and peace.  She no longer felt like her life was ending, but rather she grew stronger once again with proper nutrition, rest and medical care. 

Even her husband, who once had become too weak to walk, was able to walk again and help around the house. “Through AIDSLink Nepal, I learnt that HIV positive people can have a long, healthy, and peaceful life, full of joy,” exclaimed Kavita.

Making a difference to the children’s education

AIDSLink Nepal continues to make a change and a difference in the education of vulnerable children in Nepal. They were able to provide a good service to 36 children in March by helping their parents with school fees. We are encouraged to press on as we serve each person. 

*Names changed

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May 8, 2018

Knowledge Brings Life

A lack of knowledge is one of the biggest struggles concerning HIV around Lake Tanganyika. At the Good News II Orphan School in Mpulungu, Zambia we have taken steps to combat this struggle by sharing hope-giving knowledge with our students.

At one of our after school programs, Pure Girls, one of the teachers who received training through AIDSLink was able to lead several sessions with the girls about HIV. These sessions helped the girls to reflect on the stigma around HIV and gain practical knowledge through activities and question/answer sessions. They were challenged to apply the learning they received to their own lives and to take action in sharing with others. The girls were also led to consider how they can help others who may be living with HIV.

In the future, our team at the lake would also like to go through these same sessions with the Smart Boys after school program at the school. Our long term goal would be to visit Self-Help groups in the villages so that this life-giving knowledge can be spread wider in the community.

Our team is also currently working on repairing the CD4 count machine that is in our clinic. When it is functioning properly we will be able to offer free HIV testing to the students at our school as well as to others in the community.

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