Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization

RACOBAO exists to empower communities affected by HIV/AIDS and those at risk to respond to the causes and consequences of the scourge.
Feb 19, 2014

Justine pays fees for her Children

Justine is a female widow . Her husband died in 2010 of HIV/AIDS. She received support from RACOBAO in 2013 through Global giving in empowering women with goats. In July 2012, She received two goats and she was among the families that received goats under Global Giving.

Justine was so happy and said  "my children are going back to school  for the first time having paid their schoolfees before the opening of the term".

What she has achieved?

She previously sold 2 goats to get money to pay her children’s school fees, meet her medical bills, food and she has also invested some money in a small business of selling eggplants and tomatoes. Justine is so pleased with the work Global Giving fundraisers are doing much in empowering the affected households with HIV/AIDS. thanks to Globalgiving for enhancing RACOBAO's capacity to reach such people.

Nov 25, 2013

Sanitary pads improves hygiene in young girls

Young girls from Kempega P/S
Young girls from Kempega P/S

Dear Global Giving Donors,

 

            Thank you for all of your donations going towards supplying sanitary pads for young girls! Since we are still doing a survey in schools we had to go back in our former school in order to pick the best impact in this project of keeping young girls in school and the teacher is also still going under training of five months which knowledge will be spread to these young girls next year by March in order to learn how to make washable sanitary pads. We were able to supply 20 packets of sanitary pads to girls at St. BalikudembeKempega Primary School. These pads help to keep young girls at school who usually miss class or drop out of school due to lack of sanitary materials.

            Often times, when girls go through their menstruation periods they resort to using old cloths in place of sanitary pads. This has a number of side effects on their education. Many girls will miss school during their periods due to embarrassment from their fellow students. Those who attend school often have trouble concentrating on lessons because they are always focused on changing the cloths and worrying about leakage. The girls usually have to bring several cloths with them to change throughout the day, and they often carry the used ones in a bag with them all day so that their fellow students do not find them. Using cloths can often lead to urinary tract infections or irritation, which sometimes results in a painful rash. All of these factors lead to high rates of school dropout for young girls, which can result in girls seeking income through transactional sex because they lack education to acquire a job. This causes increased rates of HIV/AIDS andearly pregnancy, which affects the community as a whole.

            When girls are supplied with sanitary pads, they are able to attend school during their menstruation periods. They can use fewer pads than cloths to protect them during the day and they are less worried about leakage. The pads make them less susceptible to irritation and disease and allow them to participate in sports and other physical activities. When they attend school, they are able to concentrate in their lessons and are more likely to pass their exams. This also helps them to gain confidence in school and to learn the potential they have. When more girls receive an education, the community at large also experiences benefits. Girls are more likely to consider responsible family planning, safe sexual practices, and to participate in building a safer and healthier society.

 

RACOBAO sends its sincere thanks to all those that spare the little they have to keep these young girls in school.

Oct 14, 2013

Evas' Life continues to change

Evas and her family
Evas and her family

Evas greatly thanks all the global giving fundraisers who are keeping their life in existence.

Evas kyomukama, a beneficiary of the Empower 300 HIV positive women with goats in Uganda has sold off 2 goats and used the money to construct a toilet for her family. Evas has extremely succeeded in managing goats. Evas skills in managing goats has enabled her herd of goats to grow up to 13 goats. She has a family where there are two children on Anti Retroviral treatment (ARVS) and therefore, her expenses on health care are always high with limited sources on income.  In her words again,” Am happy that I have a toilet for my family. This has reduced on the ill health of my family members which used to affect my children s health due to poor hygiene caused by lack of a toilet.”

We greatly honour global giving and its back donors for supporting RACOBAO reach this far. Thank you very very much.   

 

Evas toilet under construction
Evas toilet under construction
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