Emily 31years is a mother of three children aged 15, 12, 10 years residing in Kamwirima village Kanjobe parish, Kyanamira sub-county, in Kabale District. Emily got married to Turyareeba 15 years ago when he had lost his first wife to HIV/AIDS. Emily learnt in marriage later (through rumours) that the husband had lost his first wife to this deadly disease-something that threatened her marriage for long and lived under stigma. “Never take our children for HIV/AIDS testing because I don’t want to hear that they are HIV+ like us or else I will commit suicide if you do…” Van cautioned the wife during the days when stigma was in advanced stages.
KDWSP extended HIV/AIDS training in Kanjobe when all hope for the family had gone. Emily attended these trainings, which reduced her stigma and sadness about her health status. ”I was living in darkness and ignorance of HIV/ AIDS but after training, I was able to smile again realizing that there is still life even after a sharp corner of being a public talk that I was going to die…..” Emily narrates the story to KDWSP staff. After the trainings, Emily shared with the husband and they got convinced that their children needed voluntary testing and indeed it was done. There was a smile on the face of Emily and her husband when laboratory tests indicated that the children were HIV none reactive.
The family was supported with a ferrocement water tank of 4000 litre capacity by the Diocese of Kigezi and today the family has access to clean water for drinking and domestic use. “I am not worried of water borne diseases because the Diocese of Kigezi has met our domestic need for a hygienic home.” Emily narrated to the Field Officer. Access to safe water and sanitation is crucial in keeping their weak immune system’s health.
\r\nEmily and Van are HIV+ and are on medication (ARVs and septrine), they thank God that their children are HIV /AIDS negative and for the way the Diocese of Kigezi extended the hand of love to their family.\r\n