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.
Fred is a 48 year old man living with HIV. Fred was diagnosed with HIV in 2008. In the same year, the wife left the home after getting the news that the husband had been diagnosed with HIV. Fred stayed home helpless with his four children.
Later, Fred was advised to go for medication at the nearby health centre. It was a trying moment because Fred was later to be introduced to ARVs and was asked if he had enough food so that he could be enrolled on treatment. Since ARVs would require nutritious feeding. This was a condition for him to access the medicine. Fred had no way out of the problem. He was always sick and bedridden. He could not cultivate food. So the family was highly food insecure at the time.
At one time, RACOBAO received the news that Fred was denied medicine because he did not have food. RACOBAO staff immediately enrolled Fred on monthly food rations with support from Global Giving (GG) and immediately approached the hospital to enable Fred get the drugs. When the hospital received assurance that food would be available, Fred was immediately enrolled on treatment.
Fred steadily improved because he was getting both the food and medicines. He has now begun cultivating his own food. We believed that within the next five months, he will be food sufficient.
RACOBAO recently talked to Fred and he said “I would be dead now if I had not received food from RACOBAO. Am now alive, I can dig and support my children. I thank everybody who worked hard to give me a second chance to live by giving me food”
Such moving testimonies always give us encouragement to continue our work. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to sustaining lives of the most vulnerable through Global Giving. The donations may appear small but the impact is long lasting.
Namirembe Immaculate is a widow living with two children. Her husband died of HIV/AIDS in 2005 and left her helpless with two children to fend for, yet she was also sickly. After the death of her husband, Immaculate faced so many challenges, because she had no source of livelihood; She could not meet her medical bills neither could she pay school fees and scholastic materials for her two children. However, RACOBAO volunteers kept in contact with her while giving her psycho-social support. When RACOBAO received funds for the livestock project under the GlobalGiving fund Immaculate was selected by the volunteers to benefit under the project. She received 04 goats which have so far multiplied to 08 goats. However ,she has so far sold 03 goats to meet her medical bills also pay school fees and buy scholastic materials for her 02 children.
She is very grateful for GlobalGiving for the funds and bringing her hope without a husband.