With the promise of food to follow, a large number came out in Siteki to patiently listen to the important speeches. Our staff was there as well: to offer HIV services to anyone who might be interested.
Back in the impoverished and isolated communities Kudvumisa Foundation usually works in, life went on as usual. For most people it was a day like any other; trying to scratch together enough for today's meal, sometimes in whatever way is necessary. Important speeches don't mean much here.
Kudvumisa means to praise in siSwati. For the several hundred men, women, and children who rely on Kudvumisa Foundation's services and transport, there is reason to praise. Hope takes the form of a mobile clinic and a 17-seater van. Without these community based services, most of these people would have few to no options for accessing the life saving antiretrovirals (ARV's) that keep the virus in their body at bay.
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