YOUTH BLOG: Empowering Myself

I am a 28 year old male from Mochudi, Botswana. I got to know my status in 2005 and at first, I was self-stigmatizing. I felt like it was the end of my life. At the time, a lot of people were dying from HIV. Now, I have accepted my status. I am caring for myself and I am encouraging others to know their status.

IMG_6772

Speaking at the Botswana Youth HIV Summit

I heard about the Sentebale Botswana Youth Summit from a friend and I decided to attend because I expected to find other HIV infected young people. The summit was empowering – it was my first platform where people were free to talk and share experiences so openly. The environment was welcoming and we empowered each other. I am a Volunteer Counsellor at the prisons already, but the summit enhanced my knowledge in HIV issues.

WhatsApp Image 2017-03-31 at 12.34.34

Young advocates at the Youth HIV Summit

The main lesson I learned is that there is still a lack of knowledge about HIV and that Sentebale should reach out to remote areas where the stigma is still rife. We need support groups in the villages with psychosocial support and it would be easy for Sentebale to deliver support to youth through support groups. Sentebale is doing a very good job and I am looking forward to the next gathering of young people.

Living with HIV Access to education Care for children Letsema: working together
close

TEXT HOPE TO 70700 TO DONATE £5 TO SENTEBALE

Your support will result in a £5 donation to Sentebale for every text that you send. 100% of your donation will be received by Sentebale. In addition to your £5 donation, you will incur your standard network charge for sending a message (based on your service provider rates). Please note you can only donate from a UK mobile and cannot use this service from a Channel Islands or Isle of Man mobile. If you donate using this service from a UK mobile abroad you may incur additional network charges. Please contact 0207 7300 226 for any queries.

close

THANK YOU!

Many thanks for subscribing to the Sentebale newsletter. You'll receive your first email newsletter soon.

Meanwhile, have a look at our news page for the latest updates on how we're helping vulnerable children in Lesotho.