Young widows supported by gloabal giving who took on local chicken rearing have had a good story to tell.They never anticipated that 10 chicken given to each of the ten widows worth 200$ would change and improve lives worth hundreds of dollars.
Widows have had thier chicken numbers multiply, some have completed houses which they never expected to complete before dying of HIV/AIDS.Others have given testimonies of improved provision of schoolastic materials, affordability to meet school fees, transport costs to health units and earning cash through sale of chicken and eggs.
The stories as told by Edith, Jane and Grace attached in a PDF document have a lot to tell.
SORAK has learnt that with as little as 200$ lives of 10 widows can be directly improved along side other 20-40 dependants ( orphans.)
SORAK anticipates to continue selecting many more needy widows.We are only limited by lack of money to reach many more other deserving rural marginalised widows affected by HIV/AIDS.
We are progressively reaching out to many more others.However this has created a situation where SORAK recieves constant requests for assistance amidist lack of financial resources.
Our hope is in the existing donors and many more who can give as little as 5$ that can buy a chicken enough to multiple into other 50 chicken in less than 16 months.This will prolong lives of vulnerable souls that had lost hope in life.Widows that were only waiting for thier death are now rejoicing and share smile beaming faces with SORAK.
Dear Donor ,read on the success story attached and testimonies given by three of our 10 chicken beneficiaries.Another 200$ will change lives of another 10 vulnerable widows and their dependants for ever.
Thanks our dear donors.
Christine , widow living with HIV/AIDS did not expect to live longer than one more year when SORAK first met her in 2013.
She had been suffering from TB in addition to being on ARVs. Christine had lost hope in life. When contacted, Christine preferred to take on a piglet that later produced others within 6 months.
When SORAK programme staff visited Christine, we were happy to learn that the one piglet had produced 8 others which Christine sold to earn 175 $. She noted that it was now easy for her to visit the health unit which was 20kms away from ART and reviews. She can now meet the scholastic materials of her 2 orphans.
Tom is an 11 year old orphan has been able to go back to school. The piglet given to her widowed mother produced 9 health piglets. Tom hopes to buy a cow when he sells all his piglets.
Thanks to Global giving for the support so far provided. Many more widows are yet to be reached. We are yet to reach our target of 200 widows. We have so far covered 20% of our target. An extra 20$ USD will add one more widow to our list of happy beneficiaries
With support of 50,000 Uganda shillings approximately 20$, SORAK with support from GlobalGiving donors has been able to improve the life of one teen mother widow. Despite her HIV/AIDS status and that of her new husband,she has been able to raise an AIDS free health baby boy. See detailed report attached.
When Olivia was provided a seed grant of 20$, she was able to invest into start up capital by buying a charcoal stove, a kilogram of wheat flour, a table and baking powder. She is now able to earn a daily income of 8$ which is far above the 2$ dollars below which one would be categorised to be living under the poverty line.
Olivia now life a changed life free from stigma. She continues to preach positive living among other fellow positive young women and men.
Great thanks to our donors and those who will donate more to better lives of many more teen mothers in similar situations.
The support provided to our formely impoverished widows is continously yeilding positive results.
A widow who prefered to be supported with vegetable seedlings in addition to on garden mentoring,can now pay school fees for his14 year old orphan.
She is also able to buy milk for her 7 months old grand child-born from an HIV/AIDS positive 32 years old daughter.
The supported widow in photo,the son and the daughter mother to the baby not in photo were all praises for the support got from SORAK and global giving. She has to day established a road side vegetable selling stall where she earns $ 5 per day.This she could not dream of before global giving support.
Widows now venture into Lemon grass growing for essential oils production and sales
SORAK is pleased to report to her global giving donors that the support provided since 2010 has helped to prepare widows into organized and productive groups.
These groups have had the opportunity to get support from the recently introduced project of lemon grass growing. The Common Wealth of Australia has provided SORAK and vulnerable groups to grow lemon grass and distil essential oils from this unique crop.
In addition to goats, chicken and piglets, widows will now have the opportunity to sell lemon grass on a sustainable basis with a lot of environmental benefits
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