A rocky start...
The story of Chizi Kitavi Ngome is a sad story with a happy ending. Born 21 years ago Chizi was one of nine siblings born with HIV. Her status was unknown till April 2009 when her family was tested under the Bomu Family Care Programme.
In 2013 Chizi sat for the KCPE exam and managed to score a grade that guaranteed her a place in secondary school. This wasn’t to be as her families financial difficulties meant that she could not afford to attend school. Disheartened Chizi turned to find solace amongst her peers in the slum where she lived. This eventually resulted in her becoming pregnant at 16 years of age.
Desperate the family turned to Bomu for assistance and she was immediately enrolled in crisis pregnancy counselling . In October 2014 she gave birth to a bouncing baby boy.
She was immediately put on long term contraceptive method while her baby went through the HEI programme succesfuly and turned HIV negative in April 2016. Chizi’s second viral load test done in August 2016 revealed a viral load suppression of < 150 copies.
A new begining...
Though Chizi was happy with her succesful treatment she knew that this was just the beginning of a long journey and would need to find a way to care for her child.
In June 2016 the Bomu Orphans and Vulnerable Children Care programme enrolled Chizi for vocational training in Hairdressing and Beauty therapy course at the Bravo School for hairdressing in June 2016
Chizi knew she had one chance and applied herself diligently to learning her trade. The instructors there described her as driven and passionate and they were so impressed that they recommended her to a salon as soon as she graduated.
Chizi is now employed at Sultans Salon and has managed to save enough of her earnings to give her mother capital to begin a fish selling business which has improved the lives of everyone in her family.
Chizi now dreams of one day opening up her own salon where she can train and employ other young mothers from the slums so they can meet the needs of their children