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Uploaded on Mar 4, 2015
Have you experienced a moment when you felt you were less-than? Perhaps you felt less educated, less healthy, less fit, or less beautiful. How do you behave when you are around people you feel less than? Do you feel like the odd one out? Do you feel unworthy? This is called stigma.
The project in Zimbabwe tries to reduce the experience of self-stigma around infection with HIV. Nadine Ferris France from Ireland, who works in Zimbabwe with HIV-affected people, has found The Work to be the most powerful tool in helping people with the self-stigmatizing beliefs and fears about disclosing or not disclosing their status.
The vision of this program was to make The Work available as a tool for the people living with HIV and their support groups, in Zimbabwe and all over the world. There are over 5,000 support groups for people living with HIV in Zimbabwe, with no program to support them. The program was designed to be scaled up, so that once it was developed properly, it could be expanded to reach more people. The title used is Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction and The Work of Byron Katie. The program is designed to be locally relevant, sustainable, and cost-effective. In this process, our team found that we had more unlearning to do than learning. The program is running as an operational research project in order to show the power of The Work in this context, through actual results.
Two women from Zimbabwe have attended the School for The Work. With their experience in The Work, Susan Vielguth and Margot Diskin were able to connect through them to the others in their Zimbabwe community.
Moses, one of the Zimbabwe community members, shares his very personal experience with HIV, stigma, and The Work.
Through the curriculum developed by Margot, Nadine, and Susan, community members are learning the power of stillness in uncovering their own answers, and the wisdom to live happy lives.
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