Nokuzola Mpako is a volunteer at the Siphila Sonke HIV Group near Grahamstown in South Africa. Siphila Sonke means “living and breathing” HIV. This group of women forms one of the Orphan Bracelet Campaign’s co-ops of crafters.
Nokuzola tells her own story:
I was born here in Grahamstown. I first heard of HIV when the virus infected my neighbors, friends and family members.
I was doing standard nine, (pre-graduating year of high school) when I lost the most powerful person in my life, my mother. But I told myself that I am not turning back because people are dying.
I finished my Grade 12 (high school graduation) last year (2009), but I didn’t have money to go to a tertiary institution. So, I decided to join the Siphila Sonke HIV Group where I stay with people who are HIV positive and love and care for them. My wish someday is to see a world without HIV/AIDS.
Despite losing most of her family to AIDS, Nokuzola persisted with finishing her schooling and with no support for further study, brought her courage and determination to the Siphila Sonke HIV Group to care for others with the disease. Nokuzola is HIV positive.
The OBC supports many groups like the Siphila Sonke group and work with many remarkable people like Nokuzola. By buying a bracelet or donating today, you will help us continue this important work.