Martha aged 96 years lives with two orphans: Julius (13years) and John (12yrs) who lost both parents to HIV/AIDS in 2008. Martha much as is in her late nineties and her grandsons is happy of their fat and rapid multiplying goats which have helped them to meet most of their basic needs by selling off springs.
“I received two goats in 2011 from RACOBAO which were under gestation and immediately after 3 months they produced 3 offspring’s. I sold two off springs and I was able pay school fees, buy scholastic materials, clothes, paraffin and soap for my grandsons. But before this support of goats RACOBAO had constructed a house, Kitchen, pit latrine and a water tank and given me other sufficient kits like beds, blankets but still we lacked income to sustain our family fortunately after getting these goats, I can now live a happy life because I can see my grand children going to school now in uniforms with books and pencils” Martha said.
Thanks to GlobalGiving for enabling RACOBAO to make such families self-sustaining.
Majwala Vincent aged 41 years married with one wife(Namatimba Janipher), live as discordant couple with 4 children. Vincent and his wife are living with HIV and are currently on ARVs. Vincent has been on treatment for the last 4 years but with serious complications due to lack of adequate food. RACOBAO with the support from Global Giving supported this family with maize flour which has greatly changed the family life of the members.
Vincent says, “I always got complications with the drugs, I think this was due to poor feeding because I could only have one meal a day and I also fed my family on dry tea without sugar. This weakened my life. However, I learnt of RACOBAO through a friend that they are supporting people living with HIV and I approached them and they supported me with 50kilograms of maize flour. This restored my hope. The maize flour I got supported me a lot, I made porridge and posho which greatly helped my life in taking ARVs and made me gain strength. As soon as my life improved I was able to work for my family through growing enough food crops for both consumption and sale, and I was also able to look after my goats which have multiplied and I can now cater for my family basic needs in terms of food and others.”
Thanks to GlobalGiving to enable RACOBAO support such families of People Living with HIV (PLWHIV). Such people, when they are not supported, they tend to drop out on drugs due to complications from poor feeding.
Aisha 56years has lived with AIDS since 2009. She lost her husband in 2006. She lives with a granddaughter aged 13years who lost both parents to AIDS.
In 2010 she became bed ridden. Due to lack of support she sold most her property in order to sustain her life. She virtually remained with nothing except a small house where they lived.
In 2011, Aisha received two goats from RACOBAO under GlobalGiving Support. The goats have enhanced her sense of property ownership. The goats are her biggest asset now. The goats have now multiplied. Aisha recently said “we will be able to meet our household needs like buying food, paraffin, and food with the proceeds from the goats. I will be able to send my grandchild to school with the goats”.
Aisha now is living happily although on ARVs. She has hope in case of any problem, goats can her immediate rescue. She greatly thanks RACOBAO and Global Giving who have given her a chance to enjoy life like other families.