I am very happy to be healthy again.
– Judie Lemucha
“My oldest sister wanted me to die,” says Judie Lemucha, a 10-year-old girl from rural Malawi.
“My sickness brought too many extra problems for the family. I would spend nights sleeping outside or on the cold floor without a blanket and often times she would beat me up.” No one knew she was suffering from HIV. But in December 2016, Judie’s life changed when she met a health worker trained by One Community, a project to combat HIV in the African nation led by CCP and funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development.
Judie was tested for HIV and is now receiving treatment, which has stabilized her condition. She was also given nutritional supplements, help starting a backyard garden to grow food staples and is even enrolled in school.
“I enjoy going to school and learning with my friends, especially when we have expressive art classes and we are asked to draw animals,” Judie says. “I am very happy to be healthy again.”