the women
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Meet the Seamstresses

Florence OngrsFlorence Ongrs
Age: 19
Home: Androv

Arua Hospital Workshop
New PMTCT mother member

Florence lives with her mother, two sisters and two brothers in the village of Androv. She was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in December 2011. She has one son, Godfrey, who is almost 1 yo and is HIV+ (pictured here with mom at her breast).

The father of her son sees him on Sundays but is separated from Florence. He is a smuggler to and from Congo. She doesn't want any more children. She is using the money she makes now ironing and making rugs to help buy food for her siblings, mother and herself. As she begins to make more money she would like to purchase some land to build on and dig a garden.

Juliet Viko
Age: 28
Home: Awindiri

Arua Mvara Workshop
Senior PMTCT mother member

Juliet lives in a grass-thatched roof hut with four other people. She was diagnosed in 2009 when she went for a check-up during her pregnancy. She has one daughter age one and a half without HIV. Her first daughter died with HIV in 2008 at the age of one.

"When I found out I got HIV from my husband, things were difficult and I was fearing not knowing what to do. I thought to hang myself like that. I went to my next check-up at the PMTCT and saw a sign for the building next door and asked my colleague about it. She directed me towards LifeStitches. Nowadays I feel free, I get my money and I buy my own things."

Rose EwudopiaRose Ewudopia
Age 29
Home: Oleba, Maracha

Maracha Workshop
New PMTCT mother member

Rose was diagnosed in 2002, after several bouts of Malaria, she went to Arua for a blood check and found out that she was HIV-positive. She has two daughters, ages 16 and 12, and one 9 year old son. They are all HIV-negative. She had one daughter who was HIV-positive and she died at 1 year of age in 2011.

She received HIV from her husband who then died in 2009. She is now remarried with another HIV-positive man. “At first I did not know about LifeStitches but then there was a call at the hospital for all PMTCT mothers. I had many questions about what they wanted but was very impressed by the idea of doing our own work and being able to get something. This idea made me happy. I thought to myself, if this comes along I must go and be a part of the LifeStitches project. Now they are already helping us and we’ll be happy if they keep helping us. I want to learn more and to continue to be my own.”


Contact: Katherine Gnauck MD