Photo Stories: African Women and Kids
Affected by AIDS Share their Lives



Damião is 16 years old and lost both parents when he was 11. His brother went to live with his step–mother, and he went to live with his paternal grandmother, uncle and two cousins. His family on his mother’s side does not visit him. Damião survives through the support of his family, Reencontro, and his “special Auntie” Arita (his dad’s sister), who gives him clothes, books and some school money. At school his favorite subjects are biology and Mozambican history. He would like to be a doctor.

Damião wanted to participate in The House Is Small because he wants the world to see how he lives. He wants to share his life, express how he sees things, and let the world know that there are a lot of special young people suffering in his life. He wants to encourage people to help in any way they can.

comments from website visitors:

His bravery is visible in the light he emits with that wonderful smile. Thank you for sharing.
Indianapolis IN
Posted Tuesday, June 10, 2008 5:41PM

Damiao: Great photos! I dream that all of the kids I'm seeing in the work on this website will one day have a house like Antonio's family. /ejs
elise atearthlinkdotnet
Memphis TN
Posted Thursday, August 09, 2007 10:57AM

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At the open-air market

Four rooms

Antonio at home

The window

Venice Arts mentors visit the neighborhood

Clothes shop

Portrait work

Portrait work

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Damiao and his family
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Antonio Augustin

Russell Baer

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My man is a great man...he found me with three children and he supports me and my three children..he's HIV negative and he accepts me the way I am.
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