Challenging the stigma against people with HIV
1 March 2019
Photo: © Bethany Project
Born with HIV, 16-year-old Mary Moyo didn’t want people to know about her condition because of the stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV. She tended to isolate herself, unable to socialise well with
However, thanks to Bethany Project, which works to promote the wellbeing of young people living with HIV, Mary is now a different person. Mary’s mentors have not only accompanied her to health sessions and advised her on how to make informed decisions about her sex life, but have also helped her see her condition in a new light.
“My hope has been restored. I am now confident, my self-esteem is high. I am better able to deal with the stigma and discrimination that people living with HIV face in the community.”
– Mary Moyo, participant of Bethany Project.
While Mary once saw her condition as the end of the road, Bethany Project support groups have allowed her to contemplate new possibilities. She now participates
Bethany Project operates in the Zvishavane and Mberengwa
The Bethany Project’s commitment to promoting the wellbeing of children affected by HIV extends beyond support groups to food security, resource mobilisation, capacity building and education around women’s rights and sexual health.
This grant falls under Oak’s Zimbabwe Programme, which works with local organisations involved in caring and providing for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Zimbabwean society.