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Affected by AIDS Share their Lives


Pumla File

Pumla File lives in a four room house in Gugulethu with ten people including her mom, aunt, sister, brother, and five children. She was pregnant during the project and gave birth to her baby in April. Her house has both water and electricity. Pumla has three kids, ages 9, 5, and 2, all of whom are HIV negative. Pumla was diagnosed during her last pregnancy and that is when she joined The Mothers Programmes. Pumla says The Mothers Programmes has been good for her because she can share anything and everything [with the women in the programme]. She says, "It teaches you to be open and to disclose and not worry so much about what others think."

Through this project, Pumla wanted to document how happily she lives with her family even though they are aware of her status. They take her as she is and don't treat her differently than others. Pumla says she is living a really happy life.

comments from website visitors:

good for you!!!! sounds like you have a great family! keep smiling, you have a great one =)
Posted Wednesday, June 11, 2008 12:58PM

HI FROM CANADA PUMLA!! I lost a younger brother to AIDS and my baby brother is dying of AIDS.. I admire your courage and zest for life!! NEVER let anyone bring you down!! You have a beautiful smile and can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. Stay strong!! Shirley
Posted Tuesday, June 10, 2008 4:32PM

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Before we could not build houses but today women can. We can do anything that men can do.
Pumla File
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