Eleanor Alfred (42) of Harare, Zimbabwe lovingly known as Mai Tafara (mother of Tafara, her home suburb) shares her life’s story:
“I was diagnosed with HIV along with my husband. He passed away some years ago and after this, I too fell ill. Things were difficult for me, but I got better.
I decided to look after people infected with HIV. I started looking after 20 HIV-affected children aged between 1 – 16 years in Tafara, Mabvuku and Caledonia farm in Harare in 2006 where I met a couple. They helped with the things I needed for my charity work and introduced me to The Art of Living.
I have also been getting help to pay the children’s school fees and other needs from The Art of Living well-wishers. From 20 children, I have now started looking after 100 children.
We are in the process of setting up a Trust called the Mai Tafara Trust for the children. I have become stronger – physically, mentally and emotionally.
It is true that one person can make a difference. I now know that there is nothing I cannot do.”