50 people living with HIV/Aids receive food and clothes from RCC

22 Feb 2014 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) – A total of 50 people living with HIV/Aids in the Khomasdal Constituency here on Saturday received second-hand clothes and food from members of the St. Boniface Catholic Parish in Pioneerspark.
The items were donated by the Catholic Women's League of that church, and the handing-over ceremony was facilitated by the Office of the Khomasdal Constituency.
Officiating at the handing-over ceremony in Otjomuise, Councillor for the Khomasdal Constituency Margaret Mensah-Williams encouraged people living with HIV/Aids to live positive lives.
“HIV/Aids is not a death sentence, but a disease like any other. It is just the way that you carry it. It is just like somebody who has cancer,” she said.
She expressed gratitude to the victims for having the courage to stand up for themselves and thereby inspire other people living with the same disease.
“Do not feel that you are outcasts, you are Namibians who have rights just like any other Namibian,” said Mensah-Williams, while further informing them that only their immunities are touched, not their humanity.
The councillor further urged people living with the disease to take their medication regularly and to live positive lives, and called on families of people living with HIV/Aids disease not to reject such people.
She then expressed gratitude to the Catholic Women's League for the donation.
Speaking at the same occasion, the constituency’s Aids Coordination Committee Coordinator, Juniuas Angula, expressed concern that their constituency is one of the constituencies in the Khomas Region with the highest number of people infected and affected by HIV/Aids.
Currently, there are 160 people living with HIV/Aids registered at the Khomasdal Constituency office.
He said most of the recipients of the donations on Saturday are unemployed, which makes it difficult for them to support themselves to love positively.
Angula noted that healthy food is currently very expensive.
“If we step into the shoes of these people, will we all manage to survive in these circumstances? he questioned.
On her part, president of the Catholic Women's League, Annemarie Wohler explained that the mission of the Catholic Church is to help those who cannot help themselves, and to give to those who do not have.
“We want to practice hospitality, care for you and look after you. Do not be ashamed, do not feel sorry for yourself - we will all support you,” she said.
Wohler noted that the Catholic Women's League intends to make such donations regularly.