A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to meet with some social workers who work at a government children’s center. Knowing that the privacy laws are taken very seriously, I was a little bit surprised to see a room with artwork hanging on two walls…with some of the paintings having a small twisted red ribbon on the corner. I presume that those pictures were created by children who are HIV+.
One wall was a bank of windows and on the fourth wall was a large wall hanging. I was hoping that I didn’t really understand what it meant, but I was sadly correct.
Each of the names listed here represents a child who has died of AIDS. One as recently as this winter.
Written between the ribbon ends: “You are in our hearts.”
The medicine is in this country that should prevent these early deaths, but not everyone knows that the drugs are available for free. The stigma associated with this disease prevents some people from admitting the need.
We have much to do. Educating the sick. And educating their neighbors.