My name is Gcebile Mabuza (some people know me as Nomsa) and I am a child of God. I am HIV positive and I have XDR-TB or Extremely Drug Resistant TB. I met Janine on the side of the road on December 13th, 2012 when I was being taken to the TB hospital in Moneni. I had given birth to twin girls on November, 19th and we were all starving to death in my homestead. The Social Welfare Office made arrangements for my baby girls to go and live at the El Rofi Baby Home here on Project Canaan while I moved in to the National TB Hospital for the next 18 months. In June of 2014 when my weight was down to 82 pounds Janine and Ian made a room for me here so that I could come and live with dignity as I continued treatment for my conditions.
I was asked to say a few words today at the opening of the El Rofi Medical Centre because of my medical status and because my daughters live here. I am thereby qualified to speak to healthcare and childcare being provided by the Heart for Africa team.
I would like to take to thank the Honorable Minister of Health, Mrs. Simelane, for all that she is doing to help the people of Swaziland who are suffering with HIV, TB and other illnesses that are plaguing our Kingdom.
I would like to thank the Deputy Prime Minister’s office and Deputy Director Mrs. Maziya for their support of the El Roi Baby Home here on Project Canaan. I believe that my twin girls, Rachel and Leah, sitting over there, would not be alive today if it weren’t for this home for babies in great need.
Thank you to Nurse Brooke Sleeper and all who have supported the building of the El Rofi Medical Centre so that excellent medical care can be provided to the people of Project Canaan and the children who call this “home”.
Lastly I encourage all of the workers at Project Canaan to know your status. Be tested for HIV and TB and if you test positive and are put on medication you must adhere to the treatment and commit to safe behavior.
|The greatest photo of this amazing woman.|
As I sit here today I give thanks to the Lord for His love and care for my daughters and me. I am praying for a miracle and that El Rofi, “the God who heals”, will heal my body perfectly so that I may one day be able to care for Rachel and Leah as their mother and give them hope in their heavenly Father. Until that day, I give thanks for Project Canaan and all who are serving the Lord here in this place.
|Social Welfare officer who placed Nomsa's twin girls with us.|