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" I am Beaty. Strong. Independent. Changing my world for good

It wasn’t always like that

Like many girls growing up in South Africa’s townships I was raped by older men I knew and trusted. Three men. One was my uncle. They made me HIV-positive. Afterwards I lived in fear of men, I was ashamed and blamed myself. Killing myself seemed the only escape

Then I joined MADaboutART

Every day after school I worked on my ‘Hero Book’, the story of how I, Beaty, confronted my ‘shame suicide monster’ and overcame my fear of men. Now I have two children of my own and I run MAD’s after-school programme for children in the township

Like me, these kids are learning to feel good about themselves, knowing how to stay safe and making a difference for themselves and their community "

About Beaty

Beaty was one of the first kids to join MADaboutART back in 2002

She completed the entire MAD curriculum and graduated to become our first ‘Youth Ambassador’, standing against discrimination, leading by example and teaching others

Today Beaty is a powerful advocate for people living with HIV who cares passionately about building a brighter future for children in her community

Together Beaty and MADaboutART are making a difference

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