3 out of 10 persons in my region are HIV positive | kanthari TALKS | Omona

3 out of 10 persons in my region are HIV positive | kanthari TALKS | Omona



“It has been sometime since the civil war in northern Uganda came to an end but its legacy still exists today. 3 out of 10 persons in my region are HIV positive and this is due to sexual violence which was practiced during the war. Many parents have died of AIDS leaving hundreds of orphan who have to survive by themselves. I am one of them.
In my village there are over 180 HIV/AIDS orphans and 40% of them are school dropouts. This is because of the stigmatization, discrimination, poverty and self-stigmatization. Many of them have become street children and even thieves. There are many organisations and also the government have taken measurements to overcome this challenge but there is a long way to go. Because the psychological support for these children are not taken care of, many of them feel lonely and they don’t have anyone to guide them in their life.”
– Omona Innocent, founder of Lighta, 2018 kanthari participant, Uganda
Omona’s father passed away due to HIV/AIDS when he was a child. His mum was accused of bewitching his father and was chased out of the community. This left Omona alone. He understands the discrimination and lack of access to healthcare and education that orphaned children and youth in rural Uganda are facing. His is setting up a social entrepreneurship centre that provides skill training for orphans to generate income. He also wants to provide scholarships and medical services for his beneficiaries.

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