During the 1990s in rural Kenya, Patricia Sawo believed that HIV/AIDS was a punishment from God. When she discovered she was HIV positive, she prayed and fasted for years, hoping that would heal her. When her condition became public, she and her husband lost their jobs and their home because of the stigma surrounding the disease. Eventually, Patricia not only realized that she’d been wrong, but also that public attitudes about HIV in Kenya needed to change. Now, she works to educate her community and care for those impacted by the disease, including the nearly 100 children she supports through her Discover to Recover Centre.
The link to Patricia’s story is available here http://on.cnn.com/h0VOJM.