“One of our colleagues was diagnosed with TB. Her health started to deteriorate and there was no one to help her and she found it very hard to survive alone. I spoke to my friends and we took her to a hospital and admitted her. Even though some members wanted her to leave the community, I visited her every day and kept checking up on her, fed her and looked after her. She finally recovered after one year and 3 months and came back to the community. It’s very challenging when you are alone out here and its important that we lookout for each other.”

“Many of our members have come here due to unforeseen circumstances. Many of them live alone and die alone. When they die and no one comes, we all come together and conduct her last rites and offer our prayers. On many occasions we have even gone to the hospital to collect the bodies of the members to cremate. Many of the family members have left them here and have lost contact. It’s a tough life when you do it alone.”

“The biggest fear for us as a community is when we grow older, we wont be able to make a sustainable living. By that time, we don’t have any other skills to earn a living. We hope to also educate ourselves and learn a few life skills so that we can support ourselves.”

“I found her on the dumpster, she was crying and dirty. I knew her parents because they went around town trying to sell her. They even asked me but I didn’t have that kind of money. Nobody wanted to buy her so they just threw her away. When I found her I couldn’t let her go, I sold a lot of my properties so I could take care of her but it isn’t easy. I know this isn’t a good place to raise a child because of all the men coming here so I will try to send her to boarding school.”

“Most of the girls are illiterate and have no idea about how to take care of their health and about family planning. One of my colleagues had four kids and was pregnant again. We convinced her to go for an abortion, supported her through it and brought her back home.”