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
When SORAK carried out the inception beneficiary assessment survey in later 2010 Annette was found in a devastated situation. Being a young Widow with only two children, she could not believe that it was still possible to bear a child who is free from HIV/AIDS. SORAK integrated her livelihood support of two piglets that multiplied with PMTCT counseling making her able to adhere to ARVs, improved her nutrition. For 3 years she had she lived with 5 people in a shack made of tarpaulin covering an area of 4 by 4 meters. She had one cup of corn and gathered vegetables per day to feed her entire family. Since her husband had died 2 years before SORAK intervention the patch of land that she and her husband once owned together was taken away from them by the family of her husband. The tradition stipulates that the land belongs to the man. After his death, the land automatically became the property of his family. Annette worked for a long time on the land of others, but did not earn enough to send the children to school.
Annette was discovered this April after our two years of intervention once again a happy mother of a bouncing 7 month old baby. Having respected our PMTCT counseling and adherence to routine medical checks, the baby has been saved from HIV/AIDs.
Dear colleagues, your hard earned dollar, can mean a lot to the lives of our suffering and vulnerable mothers. An extra dollar is most welcome.
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