Some exciting developments have been taking place for the “My Living Positively Handbook” which helps children cope with living with HIV and the associated stigma, treatment regimens, communicating with others, and self- esteem. A community nurse, from the Matunkha Centre in Northern Malawi contacted Children’s Rights Centre, with interest in our handbook. I have copied part of her email to us below:
“I am doing home based care and palliative care. In our program we have at least 60 children who are HIV-positive. It's very difficult to find good teaching materials for these children. Next month I hope to open a ART- clinic and I think more children will come.
A friend gave me 'My living positively handbook'. I'd like to try-out this book to see if it is useful here. One of the steps I have to take is to translate it in Chitumbuka.”
At least two significant aspects of this feedback are important for us. Firstly that the book has reached not only children in South Africa, but that people believe in it so much to share it with others even so far as Malawi. Secondly, the impact that this book is having in children’s lives is significant enough for people to invest their own time, money and energy to translate it into their own language. We have been able to share the necessary documents and templates with this organization to allow for an easier update of this book, and will review the content once it has been translated to ensure the quality is still maintained.
We would like to thank you, our donors once again for your support and we hope that this feedback encourages and inspires you, as your support makes a real difference in children’s lives.