Click on the link below to read the article by Op-Ed New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof, who visited Cabrini Ministries in Swaziland, about the life of children orphaned by AIDS.
At 12, The Mother of Two
There is also an excellent multimedia presentation about the current state of HIV/AIDS, with scenes featuring the local community, Cabrini Ministries, and Sr. Barbara, available for New York Times “Times Select” Customers. Click on the link below to be directed to the slides.
The World Hasn’t Moved On
This is Manuele. He is our second youngest child- he’s five years old. He’s beautiful, and full of personality. We joke that he’ll have 40 wives by the time he’s 18 because he seduces everybody! All the kids love to dance, but Manuele really loves to dance. He’s always in trouble with the preschool teacher because he falls asleep in class, because when the older boys stay up late dancing, Manuele won’t go to bed- he stays up to dance with them. All he wants to do is dance. The staff used to practically exploit him, because we’d tell him, “C’mon Manuele! Dance for us!” And he would dance and dance for us.
Also, Manuele loves riding in the car. Many times, he’ll grab my hand, saying pleadingly, “e moto, e moto…”- meaning he wants to go in the car! Sometimes, we do that for fun. We’ll go, the kids and me, hop in the car and ride around the Mission, then come back. And the kids are all thrilled.