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The Turning Point

24TH August 2008 was a turning point in my life. Deciding enough is enough on the menace of burying our family members due to HIV/AIDS. This was the burial of my sister in law; our husbands are brothers. For the first time in my life I was give a micro phone to give eulogy and last respect to the deceased. For a moment I thought and I found myself talking more about transformation in the society. Education for the girl child, how to tackle the issue of high school dropout rate for the young girls, Women empowerment and women coming together to denounce retrogressive cultural practice of wife inheritance that has contributed to many women acquiring HIV/AIDS. I was the first women to speak in a gathering and addressing critical societal issues. This also gave birth to RAMULA HIV SUPPORT GROUP. This group began with 4 members living with HIV/AIDS. Today the membership is over 350 in 5 locations. These grassroots women have helped many women who suffer silently with HIV without seeking medication and more so educating many women and widows on the consequences of wife inheritance. I envision a society that is free from all forms of dehumanizing cultural practices; through World Pulse I know we can achieve this.

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JaniceW's picture

Transforming lives

Thank you for sharing the work you are doing through the HIV support group. It is in deed inspiring. Perhaps in the future you can share some of your ideas and programs so that women in other countries or regions can benefit from your work.

Ayunnie's picture

Totally in agreement

Hi Janice
I am thrilled that you took your time to read my post. Thank you for your insights. I do agree that through world pulse we can always share our best practices. More is coming soon. Always in solidarity!

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

Ayunnie's picture

Totally in agreement

Hi Janice
I am thrilled that you took your time to read my post. Thank you for your insights. I do agree that through world pulse we can always share our best practices. More is coming soon. Always in solidarity!

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

Klaudia Mexico's picture

Enough is enough!!!!

Enough is enough!!!! congratulations in your inspiring work. We have lots of women with aids 'cause their husbands migrate to the USA and when they come to visit they get aids. It's a pitty having aids is such taboo that very little attention or none has brought to the issue.
hugs from Mexico
Klaudia

Klaudia González

Ayunnie's picture

Encouraging Marks

Hi Klaudia
I am encouraged by your remarks and the fact that you took your time to read my post. Solidarity forever. Receive my hugs from Kenya too.

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

Lilith784's picture

From 4 to 350 - you have lit

From 4 to 350 - you have lit quite the spark! I am very impressed and encouraged by your work.
Love,
Andrea

Ayunnie's picture

From 4 To 350

Hi Andrea
Thank you for your positive comments and the thrilling title 'From 4 to 350' I love it. Solidarity forever!

Ayunnie Kenya

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

Jensine's picture

Wow

I am very inspired by your story. You have such power to create change - look at how many lives you have touched, turning your pain to power. Thank you for your courage.

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

Ayunnie's picture

The courage

Hi Jensine Larsen
I appreciate that you took your time to read my article. we will continue fighting for the issues of women and girl-child

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

pelamutunzi's picture

hello

this story has touched my heart and i would like to share more on how you did as its still apity in zimbabwe that people die of AIDS without support but discrimination and stigmatization. many people i loved dearly succumbed alone.

we may be powerless to stop an injustice but let there never be a time we fail to protest.
regards
pela

Hi Pela,
Thank you for reading my post, i feel encouraged. Well, the issue of HIV/AIDS in Africa is a reality that many are warming up to now, after we have lost many through it. I think change starts from our small actions and understanding our communities. In my case as reported above, RAMULA HIV SUPPORT GROUP was birthed during a funeral of a young women who was barely 30 years, her death was due to stigma, denial and retrogressive culture of wife inheritance. after talking about this issue at the funeral four women approached me for a way forward and RAMULA was born. its is not easy but the teething and the developmental stages of group formation should never discourage us, challenges come and we try finding solutions for them.

The first step is to understand your community by doing a need assessment, then sensitization is important and work with the people. i believe we will learn more from this forum too. thank you gal.

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

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