Nompumelelo’s story illustrates how the lack of knowledge about living with HIV and limited access to ARV treatment in rural areas causes unnecessary pain and loss. She has seen how a failure to disclose HIV status in relationships can lead to infection, and how a family’s lack of understanding can lead to fear and rejection. Nompumelelo wants people in her community to continue to learn how to care for people living with HIV and to do whatever it takes to prevent others from experiencing the pain and loss she has.

Key points to consider in viewing nompumelelo’s story

When children and adolescents learn of a friend’s or relative’s HIV positive status, feelings of hopelessness can be overwhelming. Many do not know that with the proper treatment, they can live long and healthy lives. Because youth are at a vulnerable stage in their development, they need extra support and acceptance from friends and adults. Reflect as you watch this story on your own support system, as well as on the kinds of qualities that make a person trustworthy.

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Sonke works with many communities to use storytelling and digital media to help people tell their own stories around gender, violence, HIV and AIDS and related issues.

Sonke partnered with Silence Speaks to enable young people and adults affected by violence and HIV and AIDS to share their stories. Other digital stories have been produced with former prisoners who experienced sexual violence in jail. And the MenEngage African Youth Alliance and Sonke partnered with UNFPA to produce “Youth Stories of Change” along with a discussion guide and other resources.

Through intensive, participatory video production workshops, Sonke is bringing rarely-heard voices and images into the civic arena. Our hope is that by highlighting everyday stories, we will deepen existing conversations about gender norms and health issues, as well as empower the storytellers and their communities.

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Click here to download a facilitator’s guide, discussion guides and other Digital Stories resources to assist in the use of these tools in your community.