Shadia is a 28 year old widow living with HIV and AIDS. Her predicament began when she lost her husband to HIV and AIDS in 2006. She has 2 children; Grace 6 years and Catherine 4 years. They are both in primary school. Shadia works so hard to maintain her family since the husband left them in a very vulnerable state and the house in which they stay does not offer any comfort as it is very weak and leaks when it rains. Shadia is optimistic due to the counselling she has received from Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization (RACOBAO). She always endeavours to make ends meet by digging in the nearby gardens in exchange for cash. This is however inadequate given the numerous responsibilities, which range from scholastic materials, clothing and food. Through funds raised from Global Giving, RACOBAO has supported this family with 3 goats. The goats were treated and the family was trained on how to look after them. Shadia was all smiles as she narrated; "One of my priorities is going to be these goats, I will look after them very well, they will reproduce and I will sell off some of the offsprings when in need of financial support. My burden has been relieved and I will sure see my children through school. Thank you Global giving for rekindling our lost hope."
Prima Musiimire 35 a mother to 2 children; Nathan 8 and Shamira 2 are all HIV positive and on ARVs. This family is one of the beneficiaries of 20 kgs of rice distributed by RACOBAO in the last quarter. The rice was bought from funds raised through Global Giving and benefited over 50 families each getting 20 kgs. A few months later, RACOBAO made a follow up visit to some of the families that benefited.
One of such stories is of Prima Musiimire;
A jovial prima is still very grateful for the support from global giving. The rice on average lasted a period of 3 months during which she had no worries about what to feed her children on. She is happy that it improved their livelihoods and adherence to the drugs they are taking. She said rice is easy to cook especially during times when she is sick yet still obliged to prepare food for her children as she has no helper. Prima thanks all those who donated towards this cause and kindly appeals for more support as it adds a ray of hope to live knowing someone out there cares.
Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization (RACOBAO) through the Global Giving website received a donation of $250 in July 2010 and purchased 8 goats to benefit 4 HIV positive widows in Lyantonde District Uganda. These widows, who have been economically affected, received 2 goats each. The intention is to boost their incomes since the goats multiply fast are easy to manage and are on high demand by buyers. The goat project in these families will contribute to improved livelihoods and food security at household level through utilization of the returns from the sale of off springs. The goat distribution will also contribute to increased enrollment, attendance and performance among school going age group within the families because the income from sales will in addition be utilized to provide the scholastic materials.
The total funding goal of the Project; “Empower 300 HIV positive women with goats in Uganda” is $20,000. RACOBAO will buy more goats to benefit the remaining 292 widows as the donations come in.
Below is Harriet Kabbundu’s story one of the beneficiaries of the goats
Kabbundu Harriet 47, an HIV positive widow had almost lost all hope when her husband died in 2007. On top of having inadequate food, medicine and household basics, Harriet has 4 children to take care of: one son and 3 daughters.
Harriet received 2 she goats to enable boost her family’s income from RACOBAO through Global giving. This has provided this family with reason to endure. “As these goats multiply, my children can now enjoy a better life and attend school. I am entirely grateful to Global giving for rekindling our lost hope “a joyous Harriet says