By Evanson Njeru, Founder/Exec. Director, COMPASSION CBO
Compassion for Joy
Compassion CBO has been on the frontline when it comes to fighting HIV/AIDS in the Nairobi slums and its environs since 2005. It’s in one of the slums at Githogoro where mother-to-child transmission is very high and as a result, many children are living with HIV/AIDS.
One girl has borne the brunt of the pandemic and has come out strongly to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS to other children in many public arenas. For example, on World Aids Day 2012, Joy recited a poem about HIV/AIDS in an open air public meeting; she was at that time age 7. Her feeble body said it all.
Her name depicts life full of joy, but she has not known joy since she was born.