I came to Kathmandu for my husband's treatment. At that time Aidslink staff met us and we were invited to join them. My husband passed away during treatment. I was so struggling to provide for 3 children.
The community was not nice with me because I was a widow. People in the community still had conservative mind set. After my husband passed away I looked work, but it was hard to get a job of any kind. I did not find any kind or friendly people. One day Aidslink staff came to my house. Who I had met at the hospital when he came to visit my husband. At that time my family members were not treating us well. He saw my situation and started to help with my two daughter's education.
Something felt different every time AIDSLink staff would visit me and my family. That gave me joy and peace in my life. The team started to come into my house with an office truck. My relatives’ eyes were changed to look toward me. A few years later I got the opportunity to serve people living with HIV and AIDS as I became Aidslink staff. It has already been over 6 years. I’ve had the opportunity to serve many more PLWHA to live in a positive life. I am now helping through the hospital service, being part of the ART department. I went home to visit and encourage people living with HIV.
I want to say thank you for the education of my daughters. Today my eldest daughter is studying for her Bachelor’s degree and my youngest daughter is in grade 12. I really appreciate your support and encouragement to push me to live longer! I am always thankful for AIDSLink support.
Recently our AIDSlink Staff in Nepal ran 2 Channels of Hope HIV workshops where 69 locals have received valuable input. In June, we had 33 participants and in July we had 36. The participants are social mobilizers. They go from village to village visiting schools, having tremendous input of raising awareness in the communites. One of our participants has already started an Awerness program in school. One of our participants told us: "I was living in a village and people were asking me what am I doing here? I do health work Now I can tell them I do HIV awerrness in communites." Another participate told us that after one of our activities called ‘Fishbowl’, I began to have respect for my sister and mother like other women." One of the girls said, “we as women are suffering from different problems, but today I realized that many men also suffer from carrying so much responsibility." At the end of our 3 day workshop we had a closing ceremony where we passed a candle light to each other, because we want to see change in communities, being moved from darkness into light as we Transmit Hope together
In January, our AIDSLink member met a lady who was about a 65 years old. This lady had a problem with an eye infection. When she discovered her problem, she decided to go to an eye hospital in town so that she may receive treatment. When she reached the hospital the Doctor was scared to help her because she is living with HIV. Her status made the Doctor not willing to attend to her even though she needed just an eye surgery. The doctor refused to help because of her HIV positive status. The hospital in that town wouldn’t allow her to get the needed surgery.
AIDSLink Staff found out about the situation of this lady so they decided to bring her into a big town with more medical personnel. They took her to the national eye hospital, but she was not accepted there either. After searching many hospitals in the capital city, they finally found a hospital which would accept this lady with her condition so she could get her eye surgery. The surgery was successful and today she is thankful for the help she received from the AIDSLink team. It is unbelievable to see her walking and having good sight again. Her sons and daughters are also very thankful with our support for their mother. She said “I can see my grandchildren and everything again!”
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