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Agneta Olouch, a primary school teacher in Kibera, was left alone to raise her children when her husband died of AIDS-related complications in 1995. When her health began to deteriorate rapidly, she discovered she was HIV positive herself. Out of this pain and hardship, she summoned the strength to start the Stawi Center, a community center for people of all ages living with HIV.
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AGNETA LUTA OLOUCH [Founder, Stawi Youth and Adult Center]
My name is Agneta Luta Olouch; I'm about 59 years old. I'm going to celebrate my 60th year this year. I am HIV positive, and I got healed when I went for medication because I used to be sick. But now when I got healed, I thought of starting a small project like Stawi. Stawi means, "to grow and prosper." At least bring people together.
BENTA AGOLLA [Stawi Group Member/Teacher]
Stawi is composed of many groups. I'm in two groups at Stawi. I'm a member of the Post Test Club, that's a club that meets to share how they're living positive.
AGNETA LUTA OLOUCH
Bring children together who are orphaned because of HIV and AIDS.
BENTA AGOLLA
Also to play a role as teacher to the young children. I knew my status ten years ago when I was expecting my fourth child. There was a mandatory test for women who were expecting. So after that, I was just told, "you are positive." I broke down, I was in tears, and I thought I would die.
AGNETA LUTA OLOUCH
There were aims of bringing people together to educate them on health education and treatment literacy, because some of the people, when they take medication they may not adhere. But when we come together for psychological support, we teach each other how to take medication. Those who have challenges, we share together.
BENTA AGOLLA
After meeting Mama Agneta she counseled me, we talked together, and she took me for medication where I did prevention for mother to child transmission.
AGNETA LUTA OLOUCH
The challenge we are facing so far with the group is that some of these PTC [Post Test Club] members, they are very weak and cannot afford things like nutrition to eat well. So if it could be my wish, we could have something to give them, like nutritional support. Some of them have many children who they cannot support.
BENTA AGOLLA
...I'm a mother of six.
AGNETA LUTA OLOUCH
That's why we take them into the Stawi Children's Group, who come on Saturday to eat, and we give them psychological support.
BENTA AGOLLA
The students are aged between two months and ten years. They feed here, they learn here. The basics: how to go to school, how to brush their teeth, how to comb their hair, the alphabet, the domestic animals, we do a lot.
AGNETA LUTA OLOUCH
And that is not enough, because by the end of the day these children go back home. Usually, we are connected with MSF [Medecins Sans Frontieres] Belgium, the health clinic. They refer patients to us. We have achieved a lot, because I have seen people waking up from their sleeping beds and taking their medication without fear, without stigma. That's what makes me happy.
BENTA AGOLLA
My daughter now is ten years. She's negative.
AGNETA LUTA OLOUCH
I am a mentor to many of these people. They see that I was HIV positive, my husband died and left me with the children, and I educated them up to university level. So I tell them, why not you? And that one encourages them a lot.