Seeds of Healing
SEEDS of Healing, Inc. (SOH) is a not-for-profit organization and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. SOH serves as a Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) awareness and advocacy resource in the southeast region of North Carolina.
Women comprise a quarter of all people living with HIV in the United States. Most women become infected from heterosexual contact. Less than half of the women informed about their HIV status, actually have the virus under control, and a small percentage of women remain unaware that they are HIV positive. SOH initiatives will facilitate HIV education, HIV screening, linkage to care, and implement strategies to retain and engage women in care to achieve viral suppression.
To deconstruct myths that perpetuate HIV stigma; to generate support for all people living with or affected by HIV; and to eliminate disparities in HIV outcomes for women through awareness, assistance, advocacy, alliances, and education.
To end the HIV epidemic by eliminating transmission and for all people living with HIV to live productive and healthy lives free from stigma.
Our organization originated in 2015 in memory of Luwana Daniels aka "Pumpkin". SEEDS (Sustaining Empowerment by Educating and Developing Sisters) is a rightful acronym. It describes our most intimate work that promote resilience and healing.
Pumpkin, a single mother, was diagnosed HIV positive in 1990 by anonymous testing and did not seek medical care until 6 years later after becoming increasingly ill with advanced disease. This unfortunate occurrence is common for many women still today. Pumpkin was a born again Christian and faithful believer in God’s grace for healing. Six years before starting HIV care, Pumpkin isolated herself with depression, and expressed feeling embarrassed and ashamed. She relied only upon spiritual faith and holistic remedies for healing of HIV. Pumpkin was also living with the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), which she was unaware of until she eventually established medical care for HIV. After initiating treatment in 1996, Pumpkin succumbed to health complications from having prolonged and untreated HIV and HCV by 1998. Through it all, Pumpkin raised her 2 daughters Aminah and LeShonda, earned a college degree, and was an intercessor for those seeking Christ and matriarch to her family.