My name is Perpetua and I am eight years old. I live in Cameroon with my caregiver, Awah, who treats me like her own child.
I do not remember my real mother. She died in 2001 because she had HIV. I was only five days old when she died. I am very sad about this, but I am glad that my mother received medicine to help prevent me from being born with the disease that took her life.
Thanks to the help that my mother got, I do not have HIV. I am healthy and I go to school. I love to run around and play with my friends.
I am part of the Chosen Children Program in Cameroon’s North West Region, which helps Awah Mujar with the money she needs to raise me. In December, two supervisors from this program came to visit my family. They were very glad to see that I have grown into a happy, healthy girl. They took a picture with me so that we could remember the wonderful day.
I want to say “thank you” to the Chosen Children Program and everyone else who has helped me and all of the other children like me in Cameroon.
Perpetua was the second baby born through the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) program run by the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board (CBCHB), the Foundation’s implementing partner in Cameroon. Since Perpetua’s birth in 2001, the Foundation has helped provide PMTCT services to more than 300,000 pregnant women in Cameroon. The Foundation is also one of the primary funders of CBCHB’s Chosen Children Program, which provides support to orphaned children infected and affected by HIV. For more information about the program, please contact Pastor Denis Bambo at email@example.com.