AHWA – The story of community organizers

The Aboke HIV/AIDS Women’s Association (AHWA) was founded by women in the community who were living with HIV and/or caring for the orphaned children of family and neighbours. The founding members worked around Aboke High School in the Aboke Sub-county of Kole District in Northern Uganda. They were concerned with…

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Grace Adong

“Now I am very confident, and not fearful about any stigmatization from the community.” Grace tested positive. That seems like a long time ago now.  Testing alone carried stigma and testing positive seemed to prove everyone else’s assumption about her health status. She had put off testing until she was…

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Rebecca Aumn

Rebecca Aumn is a vocational beneficiary of the Sustainable Livelihoods for AIDS Orphans and Caregivers Project. She doesn’t know how old she is but she guesses, 16. Her mother and father died when she was very young, and she doesn’t remember them. Rebecca and her two younger siblings were left…

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AJok Gloria

Gloria, age 16, is the first born of a family of four children. She is from Northern Uganda. Life changed nearly overnight for Gloria when her father died of AIDS. Gloria’s mother later tested positive for HIV and died the following year, leaving Gloria and her siblings orphaned, alone and…

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Riding for 2030

Why am I riding in the Canada Africa Partnership Ride? I really want to get to 2030 – the date the global community thinks is realistic to be able to say that the AIDS pandemic is really really over. Like most of us I have lost people in Canada and…

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