"The World" Profiles Ugandan Group Training HIV-Positive Mothers to Make Memory Books for Children
June 7, 2004
"The World" -- a production of BBC World Service, PRI and WGBH Boston -- on Thursday profiled the National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, an organization in Uganda with 40,000 members that trains HIV-positive African mothers to create memory books for their children (Baron, "The World," PRI, 6/3). Memory books are a popular way for Africans to pass down family history and cultural traditions that historically are handed down in person through stories, songs and ceremonies. Parents can receive training on how to make the books, which can be a time-consuming task, especially for people who are suffering from chronic illness. Advocates of the books said they can help AIDS orphans face emotional issues after losing their parents (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/14/03). According to PRI, about 150 women have completed memory books with training from NACWOLA ("The World," PRI, 6/3). The complete segment is available online in Windows Media.
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