At the young age of 12, Dumisani has more responsibilities than an average adult in South Africa. His mother is HIV+ but she has more than the health issues to deal with. The first time she had to go into hospice care, the family got kicked out by the community from their shack. When a very devoted team of missionaries with a passion for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS heard about this, they moved all their belongings to a centre while Dumisani and his little brother were placed in foster care. At first Dumisani struggled because he wasn’t used to be able to be a child free of worries. In time he began to discover the gift of childhood and even began enjoying playing with other children.
in Mamelodi, South Africa
People living with HIV/AIDS
Prevalence of HIV
in ages 15-49
AIDS Hope was launched in 2005 in response to the AIDS crisis in South Africa. Since then, AIDS Hope has been reaching churches, schools and communities with vital preventative messages about HIV and AIDS, as well as appealing to these groups to become involved in the care of those already infected and affected. In October of 2009, Nico and Alma Leonard, the founders of AIDS Hope, moved into the township of Mamelodi to become more practically involved in offering support and care to those affected by HIV. That was the beginning of the Meetse a Bophelo centre which has been changing and growing ever since.