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Story Publication logo January 22, 2013

Starting Young In South Africa: Lulu’s HIV Aware Daycare

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The days of apartheid are over, but social discrimination is still present and becoming more deadly...

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'Aunti Lulu' assists the children in creating a paper garland wreath to decorate the daycare for Christmas. The Raphael Centre sponsors Luleka's daycare by providing teaching materials and art supplies when needed. Image by Samantha Thornton. South Africa, 2012.

At the age of 19, Luleka Che was diagnosed with HIV. She didn't know much about the virus until she became aware of its effects to her body. The Raphael Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa, provided "Lulu" with the help and counseling she needed in order to survive. What is more impressive than her will to be healthy is her will to teach. With the help of the center, Lulu opened a daycare for small children—many with HIV.

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