(WICHITA, Kan.) — In South Africa, living with AIDS is a way of life. But for Penny Dugan, who lives in Kansas, helping people AIDS patients in South Africa is a passion.
She's been helping AIDS patients for the last twenty years. From volunteering in a homeless shelter in Newton, to where she is now, a hospice in a township outside of Durban, South Africa.
"I just find the face of AIDS is the same, " she said to Eyewitness News over Skype. "It's a face of fear. It's a face of shame. It's a face of hopelessness."
Dugan became passionate about fighting AIDS after her husband died of the disease in 1993.
"I felt like the Lord was saying people need help and why don't you go and help."
She started the New Jerusalem Missions to help people with HIV and AIDS get the medication and other services they need. In 2009, she took her work to the Durban township where nearly half of the population has the disease.