Rising Above in Rwanda

Christine Akimana is 41 years old and a mother of five.

In 2012, she and her husband were diagnosed with HIV. Although they sought the proper treatment, they suffered through discrimination and ridicule as they were accused of contaminating each other with the disease.

Christine’s husband died two years later. She was left with no options, unable to provide for her family. The tragic events led Christine to fall into a great depression. She refused to continue her treatment.

After being chosen for the FXBVillage program in Gasharu, Christine admitted that she had been missing her treatments because she was ashamed of herself.

She was also crippled with the fear that she would be viewed as a person who did not value her life.

Through dedicated FXB counseling and coaching, Christine finally agreed to return to the health center to continue her treatment.

Today, Christine is full of joy and life. She is fully involved in the FXBVillage program and is looking forward to the future. She plans to put up a small vegetable trade business and has built relationships with other participants.

“I am so grateful to FXB. I know my life will change completely,” she said with a beaming smile.




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