Quynh, aged 8
Diem is an eight year old girl living in a poor village of Phu Ninh district. Her mother died in 2009 from HIV/AIDS and Diem was born HIV positive.
Her father was a drug addict and was HIV positive. He frequently was sent to jail for stealing and fighting. When he returned home from prison, he was often sick and could not look after Diem, so she went to live with with her paternal grandparents.
Diem’s father died from AIDS in 2016 in a prison hospital.
Diem’s family is poor as her grandparents are elderly and can only do casual labor which is not often available in their local area. Therefore, they cannot get much work to do. They do not get any support from the local government and do not have enough money to buy Diem milk.
Diem suffered from stigma when she was 5 years old in kindergarten because the teacher found out that Diem’s mother died from HIV and she did not let her go to this kindergarten anymore. After that, her grandmother knocked on the door of another kindergarten and they agreed to take Diem.
Diem is in grade 2 at the local primary school now. She likes school and enjoys playing with her classmates. Diem also enjoys the summer trip, mid-auturm festival, and Tet events organized by VNHIP. Over the time we have known her Diem has developed from a skinny shy little girl into a confident little person who is happy to take the microphone at our activities and sing beautifully and cheekily in front of an audience. Her development is a credit to the loving care she receives from her grandparents.
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