Dealing with HIV/AIDS

Willman (pictured above with his principal, Mery Hidalgo) has been attending La Esperanza since Grade 1. Although he looks like an ordinary student, Willman is different — both his parents suffer from HIV/AIDS.

In the Dominican public schools, students who are associated with AIDS are bullied and tormented by their fellow classmates. However, because Willman is able to attend this Christian school, he experiences the opposite. He is accepted and loved in this environment, surrounded by teachers and students who encourage him and uphold his family in prayer.

Sharing the light of Christ's love

Willman — and his family — are not Christians yet, but God is using La Esperanza to reach into their lives with the light of Christ's love. The principal is developing an important relationship with Willman's mother, spending time in prayer together. When asked about Willman and his family, Mery responded: "It's by God's grace – this is why we exist."

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