Nata is a small village in the north east of Botswana. It has around 5 000 inhabitants and is located on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Unfortunately, HIV and AIDS is having a devastating effect on the people of this small village with a prevalence rate above the national level. The pandemic has left Nata with over 400 orphans and nearly 50% of all pregnant women in Nata are HIV-positive. Thankfully, there is an effective prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme in place and antiretroviral treatment is available for those who come forward to be tested.
Mothers for All is actively working with the Nata AIDS and Orphans Trust and the resident US Peace Corp worker, Pedro. Ten suitable women were identified for training by the Trust and in June this year (2009) two experienced Mothers from Selebi-Phikwe, Rose and Tshwarelo, and Sarah Cahillane, the northern co-ordinator of Mothers for All, held the first training session. Below are some pictures of the mothers and their very successful first training session.