"I was homeless and would wander around the streets," she said. "Nobody would give a job to a 13-year-old so to make ends meet, I became a sex worker," she said at the launch of PT Foundation’s renovated HIV/AIDS centre here.
At 16, she discovered the foundation when other homeless people told her about it. It was at one of the foundation’s clinics that Rina learnt she had HIV.
"However, with the help of the foundation, I continued my schooling until I obtained a diploma in architecture," she said.
Rina wanted to show her parents that she had made it good despite them rejecting her. However, her father died three days before her return.