A young, beautiful and healthy woman infected with HIV smiles as she tells her story about how she went from a state of always feeling weak and sick to what she is today. Her sad story changed to joy when she received goats with the project of empowering HIV positive women supported by RACOBAO together with global giving fundraisers.
Matilda lost hope after the death of his beloved husband that left them with nothing in order to earn a living. She narrates the difficulties she passes through while taking care of her children and persisting on the treatment that is effective. If the tablets are taken consistently at the same time every day without any earning and feeding the children too. If the treatment is not adhered to, the virus is given a chance to develop resistance to the drugs. This means that the drugs will become ineffective and the virus will start spreading in the body again all in all losing life and living the young ones desperate.
Matilda was given 4 goats early January 2014 and the two goats gave siblings whereby she managed to sell the old ones inorder to buy food and also contribute to the scholastic materials to maintain her children in school. The family’s situation is fairly good compared when we had our visit.
In general Matilda faces a number of challenges to realize a decent living condition and a bright future and she very grateful with the support she acquired from globalgiving fundraisers.
Girls in Lyakajura primary school are among the girls that are benefiting from the saninitary pad project funded by global giving. The project seeks to supports vulnerable girls with sanitary towels.
“There was a lot of absenteeism of girls due to poor hygiene and leading to poor performance in class and girls dropping out of school due to the fear of being stigmatized by fellow children,” says Mr, Mugume James ; the teacher. But through the distribution of sanitary pads to young girls in Lwakajura Primary school, this has greatly reduced absenteeism and also improved girl’s participation both in class and school activities.
RACOBAO visited lyakajura Primary school by the beginning of this year 214 when it secured funds from global giving and found when the population of boys was higher than that of girls. This scared RACOBAO staff who had gone for other project activities and where told that due to lack of what to use during their menstrual period by these girls, this has greatly promoted absenteeism that even some girls tend to hide in bushes without reaching school and others decided to drop out of school due to lack of what to use as the only defense. RACOBAO encouraged teachers to talk to parents about the proper hygiene and sanitation. They also encouraged the school to scale up her sanitary facilities to support the education of the girl child.
RACOBAO will support one of the teachers to train these girls how to make washable sanitary pads to improve on their hygiene other than using the ones that are being bought from the shop which are so costly to afford.The head teacher thanked a lot RACOBAO together with Global giving fundraisers for the chance their giving to the young girls and the opportunity to education.
We are grateful to global giving for supporting RACOBAO to reach this far.
Kyalimpa 41 years a PLHIV sends her sincere thanks to all global giving funders for the help they received from them with her 5 children. Juliet had problems with her husband after both tested in 2012 and found both were HIV positive. The husband habits changed from that time as she narrates, Juliet’s husband decided to distract everything they owned with a belief that he would die in a short time, he refused to go back to health clinics and rejected counseling he was given instead to behave the way he wanted. The small they owned was distracted to buy basic needs, look after their health and also the husband sold a small piece of land they owned because he knew that soon he was dying.
The husband did not stop on that act he developed a negative attitude towards community to infect women and girls with HIV as a revenge by raping them. He was caught in act, seriously beaten by community members including her wife later he was taken to police now is a prisoner in high prison where Kyalimpa doesn’t know.
But with the help from GlobalGiving Kyalimpa’s life was revealed. Kyalimpa was given 3 goats, the 4 goats multiplied into siblings that later she was able to sell off some goats and met her family needs like buying food, meeting her medical bills and sustaining on ARVs and also opened up a small business selling tomatoes and bananas to improve her life.
Kyalimpa says, she is happy with the support from RACOBAO together with global giving fundraisers for being identified for this help.