The Toll of AIDS

Dr. Winnie Siu, Give a Day supporter writes…Her name was Grace and I met her at an orphanage on the outskirts of the city of Lusaka, toward the end of a two-month research project in Zambia’s capital city. A friend had been volunteering at the home for girls left parentless by AIDS and wondered if I might want to come along.

Grace was a quiet and serious girl, and while the other girls danced and played and laughed around me, Grace took me by the hand and led me to the blackboard to practise her writing. I watched with a lump in my throat as she formed slow, careful strokes with the chalk in her hand, writing the facts of her life for me: “I was born in 1999. . . My mother died when I was a baby. My mother was ill. My father was ill also. . . have never seen my father or my mother before.”

Continue reading Dr. Siu’s story here.

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