Hadija is 24 years old. She lost her father when she was very young and is part of a family of 9. She has cared for her HIV+ mother and younger siblings for many years living in a slum area in Uganda. Until recently, Hadija has been part of the leadership team at SAFY, a HOPEHIV-funded youth project which seeks to help young people affected by HIV to develop positive futures. SAFY operates peer education, health and entrepreneurship programmes. With HOPEHIV support, Hadija successfully graduated with a Diploma in Development Studies at Kampala University in 2009 and went on to work for them as their full time project co-ordinator, using her skills in the area where she grew up. One day she hopes to complete the full degree. She is passionate about helping other young people overcome the challenges of poverty, orphanhood and HIV/AIDS, and is looking to continue her work in this area with another organisation.
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