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Nelson's introduction

Nelson
Maputo project participant

Posted 11:23PM on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 Pacific Time

My name is Nelson. I was born on 20 September 1988 in Maputo city, and I live with my brother. We are orphans who have lost both parents, and we support ourselves.

I began to study in 1994 at the Unit 2 Primary School, in the Mafalala neighbourhood, where I completed EP1 (1st level primary education) in 1999.

I never knew my father, just my mother, who died on 12 April this year in Maputo Central Hospital (HCM) after a lengthy illness.

I played basketball for seven years, where I was champion for four years in a row, once in school basketball, and the other times in the Red Star Sports Club. In 2003, due to the loss of my sister to the HIV, I joined the Nkulungwane Cultural association to work in the awareness raising area as a theatre actor. We worked in connection with Jovial, and I was invited to take part in a training seminar for Peer Educators on Sexual and Reproductive Health for Adolescents and Youth and STI/HIV/AIDS. I took part in a seminar on home visits to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWA) in 2006.

Currently I am an 11th grade student in the "Armando Emílio Guebuza" Community School and also a Peer Educator in the ?Beyond the Walls? Jovial group. We are working in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health for Adolescents and Youths.

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What I can say to my family, and my community, is that the most important thing is love, not money. Sometimes they say that they don’t visit us because they have nothing to give us. We need love, not things. Even with money you can still feel alone inside.
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