Introducing myself and my journal: My story

Evelynn Shompa
Posted June 2, 2010 from Kenya

About Me: I am a HIV+ journalists who who gone public about my status after 7 years in denial. I have now lived with the virus for 11 on my 12th year. My son Immanuel has also lived 7 years with the same. I am a volunteer in a community radio in Kibera, the 2nd biggest slum in Africa. I go door to door educating in HIV, sharing my testimony to the community and educating through features I produce and play on air as I have live interactions with listener. Doctors and experts also come on board. I am also a pioneer member of the Network of Journalists living with HIV in East Africa. I published my story through PANOS East Africa and shared it on World Wide Web.

My heart goes to all infected as well as affected, as I lost many of my close relatives to the same.

I believe in change. I also believe that change starts with me. Iive with the virus,...I fight to CHANGE peoples attitude towards it and towards Stigma and Discrimination. Especially in a community with majority Islam religion who will hera nothing of Family Planning or open talk on Sex.

Above all, I dedicate my work and my life to my son Immanuel and to the young generations to come.

My Passions: To put a smile on a face.

My Challenges: Lack of sustainability to live proper nutritious lives with Immanuel.

My Vision for the Future: T see people RESPOND instead of REACT to HIV/AIDS.

My Areas of Expertise: Radio Journalism, Community work in general.

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  • Pooja Agrawal
    Jun 03, 2010
    Jun 03, 2010

    Hello I am thrilled to welcome you in this global community “World Pulse” where all the women from all the corners of the globe meet and exchange their emotions, feelings, thoughts and hearts. And, I am sure you will simply love making new online friends and exchanges stories. If you have any difficulty exploring this site, then please feel free to ask. If you have any doubt regarding anything, then we do have different sections and groups where you can just post it and people will respond to it. This way, you will get your answer and will be able to make friends as well. I hope you will take advantage of all the resources and opportunities provided by world pulse. I am looking forward to hearing more from you. Keep writing stories; keep raising you voice, Keep making new wonderful friends. Your stories, your voice can make a huge difference

    Peace Pooza

  • Evelynn Shompa
    Jun 03, 2010
    Jun 03, 2010

    Am happy to be a part of the family.

  • Pooja Agrawal
    Jun 03, 2010
    Jun 03, 2010

    I am happy to hear that.