The Rural Women's Empowerment Network:
- 2010, presented in Bugiri, Lumino, and Masaba to groups of female and male adults, whole day presentation in each setting- When the town councils have gatherings, the 'Trainers of Trainers' are called to make presentations.- They have made 3 visits so far to sex worker groups in Busia
- Janet and Rose have a group of 25 that meet weekly for savings and agriculture- They meet monthly with the positive test clubs in 3 parishes; total about 120 people- Plans to start talk with sex workers at truck park near cement factory- Speak with people after church weekly. Funerals are another informal venue for HIV/AIDS survival skills topics
- Meet with 3 positive test clubs, total 90 members- Visit local schools and present dramas about HIV/AIDS- Identify and counsel positive members at their homes- Train prevention of mother/child transmission, and have trained 2 additional counselors in this area- Coordinate with disabled group for increased survival skills training and IGA (income generating activities)
GOALS / FUNDING NEEDS
- One day training at Amonikakinei Village- Three day training Aug. 2011- School fees, uniforms, seeds, blankets, mosquito nets, female condoms
Additionally the Busia Group has a nursery school caring for 170 poor children and a primary class to primary 4 for 70 children. 150 of the children are orphans. Several children are HIV+. The trainers have taught nutrition to parents and guardians.
On behalf of the families that benefit from HIV/AIDS programmes which is being conducted by the Training of Trainers a product of The Long-term HIV/AIDS Survival Skills,we would like to extend our gratitude all friends and our donors who are contributing to this Initiative since it began.
We have teamed up with Community Based AIDS groups, Counselors whose mandate is to provide Home based care, medication, nutrition, ongoing counseling.
The goal of empowering women and training trainers is to equip rural women with skills to enable them stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, help the people living with HIV/AIDS live longer life.
The HIV/AIDS trained counselors are carrying out the following.
i) Nutrition, care and support.
ii) Conducting AIDS education to local communities, churches and schools.
iii) On going Counseling conducted weekly.
iv) Monthly home visitation
The Trainers have among the 1,600 women sensitized in the recent past, identified and trained more 4 women to help as trainers as well in Tororo.
As a team they reached and sensitized 133 rural women in Busia and 50 women in Bugiri.
The PLWAs livelihoods are changing gradually thus gaining hope.
The team also visited 5 schools around our operation areas to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS scourge among children particularly the OVCs.
The schools include Segere Primary schools, Guule Primary, Nambogo Primary School, Iyolwa primary School, and Magola primary school
Thank you so much for the support and may God Bless you
RURAL WOMEN EMPOWERMENT NETWORK
On behalf of the women, I wish you a merry Christmas season and a prosperous new year
2010 together with our friends who are always with us in their hearts.
Thank you very much for your donation of 1,000,000 shillings which was delivered to us on 20 December 2009. The women were so delighted.
The group started in October 2008 with five trained members.
Teopista Auma Chairperson
Mary Justin Ayo Vice Chairperson
Sabina Wanyongo Secretary
Rose Awwo Treasurer
Annie Namanyi Publicity
The group has now grown to rural women as a base and we have a branch in Bugiri too.
Right now the group stands as follows: -women, widows, children and the elderly.
Men 4 men; 2 are HIV positive'2 are widowers
We are now taking care of 100 children only due to capacity of our group.
Long term survival skills HIV/AIDS-
On health and nutrition:
On nutrition we prepare millet porridge and soya porridge flour for HIV+ sick people.
Nurse ulcers wound and daily dressing.
We have given 50 pigs kept in different homes for multiplication to reach each member in
The nearest future.
We have bought 3 blankets for three old women how are very needy.
Also a blanket for an HIV positive boy of 12 years.
We have provided scholastic materials for 100 school age children.
We gave a top-up boarding fee for 2 girls who are now joining senior 2 this year.
We went to Bugiri and trained more than 50 women in long-term survival skills.
Our plans for 2010:
To continue with long-term survival skills for Bugiri & Busia.
To continue assisting OVCs & elderly, HIV+ women & widows.
To involve in poultry & piggery as income generating activities.
To continue nursing the sick-
Agriculture for nutrition e.g. vegetables, beans, soya & millet.
Greetings to our donors.
AIDS skill for women
Training is a fundamental part of our programs, all our activities include on-going activities are based on the foundation of different categories of training specifically:-
• The long term HIV/AIDS survival skills.
• Key farmers sustainable organic Agriculture training.
• Solar Energy food processing, small scale bakery training.
• Vocational skill training
Training the trainers-AIDS skills for women was initiated to help rural women in Uganda acquire appropriate skills to mitigate the spread of the HIV/AIDS, bring hope to hopeless and give voice to the voiceless women and children.
We are enabling a previously silent group of sufferers including abandoned alienated child-headed households and abused to find a voice again and to enjoy an improved quality of life.
Many of the sick children, women living with AIDS (PLWAS) that have been reached by our AIDS Trainers in Tororo have serious problems that cannot be met by a weekly or monthly or quarterly appointment at the center.
They need intensive physical and emotional rehabilitation and in some cases, terminal care because of:
• Advanced HIV/AIDS
• Severe malnutrition
• Severe trauma as a result of loss bereavement, Isolation and in most case neglect.
• Family members unwilling to help or unable to care because of poverty or fear of transmission or because they already had so many other orphans or mature sick person to care for
• Isolation and loneliness.
It is clear that that they need CARE and ATTENTION on daily basis as far as possible. The 8 women groups with the skill acquired reached 20 small women groups with about 1600 women in total whose hearts & minds are being restored.
The uniqueness and success of these programs is due to the way they are run in partnership with the local community volunteers, local leaders, churches and small village clubs.
It has been our experience that, once communities are sensitized to the need of PLWAS, children with AIDS, OVC, they would really want to help them.
Our challenge is yet to train many other trainers to reach many people as possible and bring hope back to many vulnerable groups with aim of surviving longer with HIV/AIDS.
Thanks to the support of the River fund and thank you Global Giving for your joint effort.
Alexis and Brian visited this project on May 5th, 2009. They write:
When we first visited Training the Trainers, we could not have imagined the profound impact this program has had, not only in the local community, but throughout Uganda. This project teaches women long-term HIV/AIDS survival skills including nutrition, agriculture for income generation, and how to care for themselves when they are sick. Initially, 35 women from all over the country were trained. All have since returned to their communities to teach the survival skills they have learned. Nine women have received advanced training, allowing them to train other trainers. This process is being continually repeated, thus expanding the knowledge exponentially. According to Toppi, one of the advanced trainers, over one million Ugandans have received training all over the country.
The lives of many of the women we have met over the past few days have been saved by this project. Justine, who has become our mother in Tororo, described her life before the training: she had become “burned out” by the burdens of her disease, she was unable to eat or sleep, and she constantly worried for her children. Following her training, she is healthy, empowered, and she has become a leader in her community. She uses the strength she has gained from this training to help others develop the same skills. Other women’s stories are similar. We have even heard that as a result of these trainings women are more willing to get tested for HIV because they are confident that they can continue to live a long, productive life with HIV/AIDS. The countless impacts of this project will save the lives of millions of women in Uganda.
When asked what they would tell their friends about this project, Alexis and Brian said, “Incredible: You need to see this!”
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