Catherine’s story is an incredible picture of both transformation and the idea of orphan prevention- both topics we have been focusing on during this season at CARE for AIDS. Catherine’s four daughters are thriving under the love and leadership of their mother, and she has seen purpose and hope in what could have seemed to be a hopeless situation…
“I have to keep going, because I have kids to look after,” says Catherine. “They look to me for what they need.”
And to give them what they need, she looks to Christ.
A divorced mother of four daughters, Catherine learned she was HIV positive in August of 2012.
“I was sick and I was told I had breast cancer,” she says. “I was scared, so I went to get more tests and found out that I didn’t have cancer… I had HIV.”
Following her diagnosis, Catherine joined the CARE for AIDS program, which she learned about when a counselor from the program came to visit. Since joining the program, Catherine has learned a variety of skills – such as beadwork – which has given her the ability to earn a living and take care of her children. With the nutritional care she receives and the food packages she takes home twice a week from the center, she has been strengthened enough to continue learning all that she can to build a small business.
“I want to make a living,” she says in a determined voice. “And I know that, through my salvation in Christ, I will get what I need.”