Bill educates the community about the safety and responsibilities of being a father and husband.
"In 2006 I was ready to die. I had carried the virus for six to eight years.”
When the villagers found out Bill was infected with HIV, he was ostracised from his community. So afraid were the villagers, that they would not wash in the river with him for fear of catching AIDS.
“I was becoming sicker and sicker, but managed to save enough money to
buy my own coffin," he says. Serendipity found Bill when he was close to death and placed him on antiretroviral medication. Slowly, he got better. Soon his brother and sister in-law died from AIDS and Bill adopted their five children. He now cares for a family of 12 - ten boys and two girls.
Serendipity returned to Bill's village to educate his people about the virus.
He was welcomed back as the leader he once was. He is closer to his family these days and spends his time educating his community about the safety and responsibilities of being a father and husband.