It is not easy for the youth to take their ARV's (medicines which slow down the growth of the HIV virus) regularly. It has always be a point of attention during our Amun weeks, but this time it comes back in every session. yesterday one of our youth gave a testimony that she had stopped taking the medicines. With the help of her family and Amecet, she saw that it was wrong and she is doing very well now. This made an impression on all the children. Today we had invited TASO to come and share. It was a very good time, they talk about the same things, but with another approach. If you not take your ARVs, you will die!! It sounds hard, but it is the truth, we lost two children this last year, because of this!! And everybody knows the two children, so it made them more serious about taking ARV's.
This year we have some new children in the group, they are just 10 years old and we felt that they can understand the topics now, so we invited them to be part of the Amun week. the good thing is that we have meetings in age groups, so they can talk about the topics on their own level.
I am so thankful to be part of this happening, Many of these children came as babies or small sick children in Amecet. years ago. They were then proven to be HIV+, sad, but it is not the end of the world. I went back to some old files on my computer, to look at old pictures. It is SO encouraging to see the big changes, that they are alive and doing good. It is not always easy and we have ups and downs, but this is why it is all worth doing for:
Lazarus came in Amecet in 2003, and this is him in 2016
Michel was very sick and weak in 2005, but this is Michel in 2016!
Rebekka came in Amecet in 2003, small, and sick, but now she is a beautiful young lady!!
Emmanuel was very malnourished and sick in 2003. Now he lives with his grandparents and is a handsome guy!