June 24, 2016
Today is a special day. I am in South Africa with my parents, brother and his girlfriend. My sister cannot join us as she has exams. It is the second time in 14 years when my whole family is in the same country at the same time. There is love, joy and fun present.
I want to introduce you to my mother, Rosemary Gomo and share a snippet of her life.
My mum grew up in Gande Village in Nyanga and it was ok for her to go to primary school. In fact, girls were encouraged to go to primary school so that they would be able to write letters to their future husbands.
My grandmother was denied an education. However, my grandma saw how education empowered her brother so in the face of her community and her own husband not supporting her, she insisted that my mother go to secondary school. She attended Emmanuel Secondary School which is our first partner school. At that time, there were 13 girls out of 130 students.
After finishing school, my mother and all the other girls had only two options: becoming a nurse or a teacher. After grade 10 my mum went to nursing college and she became an enrolled nurse.
Since then, my mum was one of the pioneers fighting HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe in the early 90's. Her focus has been working with sex workers and the LGBIT communities. She now works in South Africa working with people living with HIV and their family members and training them about living with HIV, medication and nutrition and living positively.
My mum is extraordinary. She has dedicated her life in reducing new infections of HIV positive in Africa. I am so proud of her.