Nozipho’s Story

09 May

My name is Nozipho and I am HIV positive. I have 2 children who are 15 years and 13 years old. The eldest is a girl called Yamkela and the youngest is a boy called Kamva. They are in the Eastern Cape and my mother looks after them. I have been HIV positive since 2002. At that time I was in Stage 4 (Aids stage) and I was very sick. I also had TB and double pneumonia. I was in hospital in the Eastern Cape. Then I came to Cape Town to stay with my youngest sister. At that time I did not have hope. I thought I was going to die. I was very thin. Everyone in the village called me Mrs Aids. Then I met a lady in Westlake who introduced me to Di from St Martin’s church. She prayed with me and she looked after me and gave me some food and clothes for me and my children. This gave me hope and we started a support group called Ithemba. Since then I have got better, and I went on a sewing course and I have got a certificate. I make traditional skirts, ties, hats, cushions, etc in the community centre. The Westlake United Church Trust has made me a supervisor of the sewing and I am everyday at the centre. I am now on anti-retrovirals and I am healthy and my CD4 count is up. I want to thank God and the people who supported me when I was sick. I now have hope in Jesus.