Danielle Gana is 26 years old and from the Eastern Cape. Her 8 year old daughter lives with Danielle's mother because her mom was worried that Danielle would die and leave the child alone. Danielle is the sole breadwinner for her family, although they do not talk to her and her friends in the area do not know her HIV status. She now lives in a one-room shack with no electricity or water in the township of Crossroads with her second child, delivered during this project, Denzel.
Danielle says that being in the Mothers Programmes has helped her accept her status now that her family has rejected her. She works at the Maternity Obstetrics Unit in Mitchell's Plain. She wanted to do this project
because she wanted to show the place where she lives. She also hoped that the income from working on the project would allow her to move into her own shack.
When my parents died some neighbors and family abandoned us, although some are still supportive, but it is different than before. Now, my family will say hello in the street, but they will not come into our home. I asked my Uncle, why doesn’t anyone visit us? Why won’t people visit?