She is a woman who wants to change the world.
Namukisa Noelina is the executive director of an organization called Meeting Point Kampala, which is a crisis center for residents in that town in Uganda who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. For a host of reasons, the rate of infection in that country has increased, as well as the stigma that comes with it. Noelina has been fighting that battle on the ground, caring for adults who can no longer fend for themselves, and taking in children who would otherwise have to.
Since she takes care of as many as she possibly can, she says the town has called her ‘Mama’ or ‘Mama Noelina’, a moniker she fully embraces.
Mama Noelina actively does outreach in her community, bringing food, medicine, and other necessities to those who have been ravaged by the disease. Her Meeting Point is a place where parents or relatives leave their children before disappearing to live out their final days.
Mass media follows missionaries, rock stars, and leaders of the Western world who want to tackle the depths of the epidemic on this continent. Their efforts are appreciated. However, little attention is given to Africans in their own countries who are the unsung heroes in this plight. They soldier on with little resources, and seemingly limitless compassion, trying to change the world in any way they can.