The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Rose's view

Rose adn SophieDiagnosed with HIV, Rose, 29, receives care and support, including counseling from Sophie, a social worker. "I don't know what to say about Sophie because she helps me so much," Rose says.

Rose lives in a 6-by-12-foot one room dwelling in a Nairobi, Kenya shantytown. She washed clothes for foreigners once a week to make a living. Unable to earn enough, Rose started allowing male "friends" to visit and help pay the $10 a month rent.

After not feeling well for a while, she went for a blood test, offered by a social worker and community group supported by Lutheran World Relief. Sophie, the social worker, makes sure Rose gets basic medical care and doesn't pass the virus on to others. Sophie has also found some money to help Rose with the rent.


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