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“Together, each one of us accomplishes more”

Trying to write my story from my growing up days, my childhood, teenage years, or from my adulthood, so much to write, I had a wonderful family till I lost my Dad in 2002 which was my first experience of losing a loved one, but one good thing about it, I became focused about what I really wanted to do. Talking about losing a loved one, in October 2008 I lost a close friend again to AIDS and that brings me into development world as an agent of change, a strong drive so as to avoid losing anyone again.
As a volunteer peer Education trainer involved in HIV and AIDS prevention with National youth service corps in a remote rural village, it was an eye opener for me, thinking that HIV is an issue almost everyone knows about but not in my village as a volunteer, I meet her left alone locked up in a room without anyone to help her out, waiting for a date with death. A community were teenage pregnancy is seen as a normal thing where a girl is having her second child at age 15 and in some cases for a second father and definitely dropping out of school to caterer for a child not planned for. This was an experience that got me working on creating awareness on HIV and AIDS with a passion I never experienced, a passion that added HIV as my surname “MIRABEL HIV” but satisfied I was saving lives and making a difference. Out of this passion Youth In Action Nigeria (YIAN) was born and right now we are reaching out to young women with a passion on HIV prevention, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, early marriage and capacity building on leadership. Today we have young women who dropped out of school due to early pregnancy going back to school.
Today as I write this story I’m excited about VOF because VOF is all about Ensuring that many hear about the reality and experiences of one person and share in it so that together a change can be made. I can say in my journey to saving lives, I’m living a satisfactory life.
“Together, each one of us accomplishes more”

Comments

Fungai Machirori's picture

Wow!

This is an awesome piece. I am very inspired and excited by the work you are doing. "I meet her left alone locked up in a room without anyone to help her out, waiting for a date with death..." That is such a profound line and it makes me see exactly what you are talking about.

I also work in HIV and AIDS and have seen what misinformation people still have about it. It's very worrying, but also a chance for us to do so much more. Your last line is so very true, together each one of us accomplishes more. Thank you again for the wonderful reminder.

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

AmyC's picture

A wonderful cause

I also currently work in an HIV organization. While I work with the issues and policy, I've never had experience with the issue personally. Hearing the stories of people such as yourself helps me to put my work into perspective!

It's very good that you've offered examples of experiences from yourself and community. I would like to have read more about why you'd like to use World Pulse.

Stephanie Roth Gurung's picture

Working together

Hello,

I am so happy to hear that you are satisfied in your life helping young women, and I look forward to learning more about your journey as you write for VOF.

-Stephanie

Lisa T's picture

Inspiring!

Thank you for sharing your story! The work you are doing is inspiring and courageous. I look forward to reading more of your journal entries!
Sincerely,
Lisa

Onyinye's picture

Love your article

Hi Mirabel,
I was a PET too. It was not easy trying to train Peer Educators especially in the North where people are hostile to the idea of "teaching their children about sex",
I am glad you persevered,
Great to hear that you formed your passion around it. Keep up the good work.
Onyinye

OHWOTA ERUTE MIRABEL's picture

Thanks all!

I'm really encouraged writing, never knew I could put my experience in words that would bring minds like yours to comment, VOF is actually making a writer out of me. @ Onyinye I understand how it is in that part of Nigeria were it is a taboo to talk about sex, but a lot of people especially in rural communities needs to be clear on misconception about HIV/AIDS. Thanks for encouraging me.

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