Tiago Parruque, Provincial Sponsorship Operations Coordinator
July 29, 2013
Leadra Jeremias Tivane stands out for being a success case in the Chaimite community where she was born, lives and now works. She is 21 years old and completed all the possible education in her community, where schools go from 1st to 10th grade. There are few cases in which a girl like Leandra survives in the education system, especially in poor rural communities like hers.
Leadra had a sponsor to whom she wrote twice. "The letters I received from my sponsor were the first and the only ones that I received,” she says. “It was little but very good. I keep the letters with me.” She participated in several programs Save the Children implemented in two schools where she studied and has been a Save the Children volunteer since 2007.
Being a nurse is Leadra’s dream. Her strong desire to save lives drove her to that choice.
“Being nurse is a noble profession,” she told us. “Unfortunately, I have not graduated as such. However, the dream is unfolding: I am now working at a dispensary in Chaimte as a reproductive sexual heath councilor and an activist against HIV/AIDS, urging people to volunteer for testing.
“While a student, I took part in all the great activities carried out by Save the Children in my school. I have always had a special curiosity about HIV/AIDS because many of my schoolmates lost their fathers, mothers and siblings due to this evil. The fact of it being something preventable led me into thinking that with knowledge, I would help youngsters and adults alike participate in the process of its prevention. We could bring down the mortality rate, as well as the number of orphan children in my community.
Leandra has succeeded in convincing many people from her community to undergo voluntary testing on their HIV/AIDS status. From this group, the focus is on mothers-to-be so, after discovering their status, they have a chance to start a counseling and treatment process to avoid the transmission of the disease to their child.
“I am proud to be helping to save lives and teaching the communities how to improve their standards of life,” she says. “All of this makes me feel pleased and so willing to go further.”
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