Prossy is a 44 years old woman who takes care of her four children. Prossy lost her spouse of HIV/AIDS in 2006 and left her with a breast feeding child who is now seven years. Rukyamuzi Posion is the oldest of the siblings and is now 15 years old. She is able to help her mother with the household activities because the lady is often sick due to dehydration and malnourishment and moreover on ARVs without enough food. The other children are 13, 9 and the youngest is 7 years old now. All the children do not go to school but they try to work for what to eat through digging on different plantations of the people on the village in order to keep their mother’s live and them too.
RACOBAO identified this family with the help of our community Based Trainee when their living arrangements were really bad. They could only sustain on one meal a day whereas the mother is bed ridden and she only encourages herself to walk. They were given two goats which we think will manipulate as soon as possible in order to sustain their necessities like food, the distance the mother takes to collect her ARVs at least she be able to board a vehicle other than footing which weakens her life more.
RACOBA extends its gratitude thanks to all GlobalGiving fundraisers for the work they are doing to rescue the lives of these needy people.
With the support of GlobalGiving, RACOBAO is training a teacher with skills in making sanitary pads using local materials available in resource limited settings. This project has already supported young girls with sanitary pads aimed at avoiding absenteeism from school during their menstruation periods .The senior women are taught how to sew sanitary towels from available cloth materials which skills they are expected to pass over to young girls in their communities. The young girls will gain skills and capacity of making their own pads as a cost effective and sustainable strategy to maintain enrollment and retention of young girls in school. Without sanitary pads, young girls often get embarrassed when they soil their uniforms during their monthly period. This problem makes young girls hate and miss school which affects their performance. These pads are made from user friendly and easily accessible materials. The pads can be washed and used again almost instantly. This training has already started and we are hoping for a prosperous outcome. RACOBAO together with young girls are very grateful for the global giving funders for the work of keeping the vulnerable girls in school.
Nankya Margret is a widow living in Kyenshama, Kinuuka Sub - County. She lost her husband in 2012 and left her with a 3 months old baby and other two young boys one is 6 years and another is 2 ½ years. Her husband died of HIV/AIDS and infected her too.
After the death of her husband, she went for HIV test and the results were positive and she was enrolled on drugs.
In her own words of appreciation she said, “I had abandoned taking ARVS due to lack of food and capacity to look after my children. This greatly weakened my life and I had decided to abandon my family, but after a jingle from our Local chairman that RACOBAO distributes food to the breast feeding mothers infected with HIV. They gave me 50 kilograms of maize flour and 10 kilograms of beans for the start and encouraged me to visit a health centre 111 in order to test and know my CD4 count, when they visited back in January 2013 I was given more food. This food has helped me a lot together with my family because I have gained energy and able to do work for my children and to continue with my ARVs.
Thanks to Global giving and RACOBAO who brings hope to the community.