Posted on May 10, 2019
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“In short, I can just say that ACT has been my world”
Raymond Phiri (2019)
Most of us have built within us, a sense of right and wrong, justice and injustice. In short we care and would like to do the right things. But life is what happens to you when you are busy doing other things. Sadly, those other things that we have the capacity to influence and perhaps help to change for the better, therefore never even happen.
We have found that there are enough needy children, forgotten orphans and desperate widows across African nations where we work to keep us busy for 1000 years.
We’ve been there, flat out, for 20 years – driven by the conviction, the knowledge, that no widow, orphan or needy child should ever be forgotten.
ACT is at the Crossroads
Raymond Phiri from Zambia knows what it is like to come to a cross road. At just 25 years of age, he has experienced not once or twice, but many times over the challenges that face you when you come to a crossroads. An abridged version of a recent letter he sent to us tells all:
“I last communicated with you in 2012 when I completed secondary school after sitting the Zambia national Grade 12 exams. It was while waiting for the results that I fell very ill and then discovered that I had the HIV virus which I got from my late parents at birth.
You may remember that ACT came to may aid in 2004, when I was 10 years old and in Grade 4 at Lyuni Basic School. I and my 5 siblings were living with my uncle in Ndola, just after our mother died. My father died in March 1995 when I was only one year old, both of them from HIV/AIDS. I did not realise that they had passed the virus to me.
In 2013 I was hospitalised and in and out of hospital for nearly two years. I was traumatised and suffered strongly from self-stigmatisation. In 2015, I pulled through and went to college to study for a 2 years diploma in power and electrical engineering, but fell ill again while on the course, so I discontinued as I could not cope while still very ill. I was home for more than a year, much of it spent in the hospital.
When I got better, I decided to attend a course on Psycho-social counselling, as I felt it would help me to understand more about my HIV+ status. I have come to like this field and now want to go further and study for a degree in this field.
I know that people at ACT had been asking after me and wanted to know what was happening, but I just could not cope well during that time of sickness. I am just so happy that after I can write to you again. In short, I can just say that ACT has been my world. Thank you for your support which gave me an education and hope, without which I may not be alive today.
If you share our conviction – that no needy child, orphan or poor widow is ever forgotten, if you will help us empower the people otherwise forgotten and wish to join us today or donate please click here.