My name is Nkweto Bwalya,and I am a gold Mentor Peer Educator at Nchanga site in Zambia. I am 16 years old in a family of 4, and I am the second born.
Before I became a gold Peer Educator, I didn’t have the confidence to lead a team and speak at public events. It was a struggle to get to an event, and represent any group; although I was engaged in school activities, it was a problem.
Nikeziwe Ximba is a grade 11 student. Nikeziwe and her little sister started living their grandmother after their mother passed away when Nikeziwe was young. Nikeziwe was known as a very rude girl who disrespected her elders. She would steal from her grandmother and her neighbours….
I am 18 years old and I’m a peer educator. It’s my third year in the gold programme.
Before I joined gold my life was difficult. I was angry at the world because I’m HIV positive and I thought my life is over. I was even afraid to share about my HIV status. I couldn’t imagine my self being successful because of the things I’ve been through. Being part of gold helped me to start believing in myself. I have learned a lot and have discovered my strength.
My name is Alice. I have a friend that is in the gold peer education programme. Recently I discovered that my father is HIV positive. He is the only breadwinner in the house. I was shocked because I did not know how to react to this news. At first I thought that I cannot share this with anyone because I was afraid of being judged. But then I decided to share it with my friend who is a gold peer educator…