Botswana: One Young Man's Story: Seychele, age 14 (February 2006)

My mother died in 2002 when I was twelve years old and I was left under the care of my grandmother. While at school I was told that I was supposed to attend a five days life skill camp held at Maun Counseling Center on April 2003. Through the camp all the teachings came into my head and that was when I realized that these are the people I have been looking for. So I did not waste any time, during our tea break I contacted one of the counselors and he said he would help me. So I told him the story and went back. During the camp I learnt that life does not go with the parent who passed away and one should face the fact that life is still there regardless of what might have happened and one should continue with life.

I also attended another camp in Toteng village in November 2004. From the camp I started teaching and telling those who were suffering from grief and loss that there is no giving up in life because you don't know what God's plans are, what might the future have for you... I want to learn and pursue my education without regret. I know I can stand in a gap for my peer age group. I have discovered [the] value of other people's life and I am willing to help my peers on overcoming issues of grief and loss of loved ones, vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, issues of stigma, career development and pursuit thereof, etc.

I am having big dreams for my future. I want to be someone who is helping his country and being someone who is important, trusted and honored by his own people. U.S. Government interagency website managed by the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
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