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Seddie cares tenderly for her clients and their children, doing all she can to ease their suffering. “I … pray to God for inward strength,” she says. “I have four clients who need my care and support. If I give up the fight, who would take care of them?”
Her Caregiver Kit is a source of great joy. “I get encouraged,” she explains, “knowing there are others that are interested in helping the sick. This kit is very helpful. And it’s for that reason that we need more kits to come, because people are still getting sick.”
Maggie’s heart broke when her HIV-positive neighbor was left to die—alone and forgotten. Vowing to help end the stigma and discrimination surrounding AIDS, Maggie became a World Vision caregiver.
One of the most treasured items in her new Caregiver Kit is the handwritten note of encouragement from two children in the U.S. who assembled her kit: “Stay strong in the Lord. Smile, we love you.”
Ma Nyane, Lesotho
Explaining one part of her role as a volunteer caregiver, Ma Nyane says, “I visit patients and make sure they have eaten.”
But when she visits women like Mathabang—a mother too sick to look after her own children—Ma Nyane doesn’t simply dispense physical care; she also offers words of encouragement, providing support and hope for Mathabang and her children.
Caring for those affected by AIDS is second nature to Margaret. Being HIV-positive herself, she knows the difference that a little nurture and compassion can make.
Thanks to the care she herself received, Margaret is now able to devote seemingly limitless energy and passion now to her work as a World Vision caregiver—“I have talked with more than 900 people about HIV and AIDS,” she says. But she depends on the essential supplies in her Caregiver Kit as she ministers to those in need.
Most of the time, Patrick, 35, lies alone in a small, dark room. He is HIV-positive. But the regular visits from his caregiver, Charity, are the highlight of his day. After chatting with Patrick, Charity dons a fresh pair of surgical gloves from her kit and begins to care for the sores on Patrick’s legs.
These simple gestures are part of a routine that is anything but ordinary—extending hope and prolonging lives.