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.
Sep 12, 2011

GOATS RESTORE JACKLINES HOPE

Jackline with her goats
Jackline with her goats

Jackline Namande 35yrs has a family of 4 children between ages of 5-14 years. They live in Kyanika village, Lwamaggwa sub county in Rakai district where people have been worst affected by the HIV&AIDS pandemic.

With funding from GlobalGiving, RACOBAO supported this family with 4 goats of which 2 of them were under gestation and have now given birth to one kid each. She currently owns 6 goats. She has a lot of hope from her goat project.

” Am now sure that whenever my children will be sent home for scholastic materials, I will sell off the kids and cater for such basics. I will also be able to meet my medical bills” Jackline said.

We appreciate GlobalGiving for enhancing RACAOBAO’s capacity to reach such people. We plan to continue empowering these families to their fullest potential.

May 26, 2011

Harriet Nakaweesi's Life improves

Harriet Nakaweesi holding her goats
Harriet Nakaweesi holding her goats

Harriet 36 years, a resident of Kikumbano Village, Kibuuka parish, Lwamagwa Sub County, Rakai District. Heads a household of 4 children, the eldest is 13 years and the youngest is 6 years. Three are studying in Primary School.

Her husband died of HIV and AIDS in 2004 when children were still very young and Harriet was expecting. “My husband left me with a small piece of land and a small grass thatched hut/house in which we stayed until 2010 when RACOBAO counselor Mr. Eric Kyarisima came to our rescue”.

When Eric identified this family they were in sole state with nothing to eat, Harriet was very weak and could not manage to cultivate her own food. The small banana plantation was in a very poor condition due to lack of care. This is the time when counselor Eric referred Harriet to undertake an HIV/AIDS test at Rakai hospital and after the test it was found out that Harriet was HIV positive and was enrolled on ART immediately given her poor health condition.  Harriet’s source of income was from selling labour for food and other domestic needs.

Harriet says: “When I regained some energy I started cultivating some little food on the small piece of land which could not produce enough food for the family. The little food that we had cultivated could be stolen by thieves at night making the problem bigger for me to handle”.

RACOBAO, through counselor Eric gave Harriet three goats to boost her income with support from Global giving in March 2011. She is taking care of the goats such that she can sell off the off springs to cater for the domestic requirements, medical bills, and supplement to food.

“I am grateful to RACOBAO and Global Giving for the support rendered to me which is going to change my whole family life. Iam envisaging a situation where I can cater for my all needs without going to neighbors to sell labor instead work in my own plantation. My children are very happy I am now respected in my village since I also have an asset now”. Thank you Global Giving.

Dec 17, 2010

Global Giving comes to Shadia's rescue

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."

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