After the performance, the actors clarify that the play is based on real facts. With people now willing to listen after being hooked by the performance, Mary Esther tells her audience that peer educators around her age give free and private counselling sessions to adolescents and young people at the health facility in the neighborhood. These sessions are part of a project aiming to improve sexual and reproductive health amongst youth in the area carried out by Amref Health Africa.
Mary Esther created the theater group after observing that young people around her did not talk about HIV/AIDS and did not understand the consequences of an infection. In her high school, two girls were infected due to their lack of knowledge about how it was transmitted. According to the National AIDS Control Council, young women in Kenya are three times more likely to be infected with HIV than men.
When Mary Esther realized that transmission was preventable, she decided to create the theater group to raise awareness. For her, eliminating the taboos about HIV means less exposure to risky behavior and possible transmission.
“I am optimistic about the future. The situation will improve and young people will be more empowered in their fight against HIV,” says Mary Esther.