Key focused areas of intervention include; Training People Living With Aids (PLWA) on long term Survival skills, Care of malnourished children through providing food stuff, Counseling of married couples on coping with the Aids pandemic situation in their families, Home visits of PLWA, Educating mothers on providing proper and balanced nutrition using locally available resources and Initiating livelihood and economic strengthening schemes for PLWA that do not demand too much energy.
In 2011, the Association identified the most vulnerable household of women living with HIV/AIDs and supported them with 10 goats (5 goats) per group to boost the economic wellbeing and household nutrition. Two women groups were supported with a total of 20 members, 10 per group.This year 2012, 7 more groups have been enrolled for support. 1 for children living positively and 6 groups for women. This report is on activities carried out this quarter (September-December, 2012) in the 6 parishes of Amida, Kitgum Town Council Sub-counties and Dure in Pader district. Activities carried out include:1. AssessmentThe identified beneficiaries are bundled into groups of 10 members each making a total of four (4) groups. Home visits were made to ascertain their level of need and to verify their treatment numbers. As such, all identified beneficiaries are enrolled in ART. Some are still on septrine while others are now on full complete ART.All the formed groups have files opened for them at the River Fund Association office in which each group’s members list, report and activities are filed for record purposes. To differentiate them, each group has identified their group’s name. Here are some names of the groups. Kati Woko Con Ber group from Dure, Nge Yot Komi group from Oryang Ojuma, Walegu Lacwec group from Lamola, and In kono group from Koch.2. Support to the beneficiaries.All the 40 beneficiaries, formed into groups were given goats for them to rear and share among themselves when the number increases from the 5 that they have received. This is aimed at building the asset base of the households to boost their household income. The idea behind group formation is also to enable the beneficiaries to support each other in times of difficulties and emotional breakdown. Below are the pictures of the groups that have already received the goats from the Association.
3. Village savings and Loan Association component.To enable them stay in close contacts with one another, the groups are also being supported in Village Saving and Loan Association (VSLA) activity. The group members sit every week to make their saving contributions in their specific groups and locations. The group leaders manage their activities and report to the office at end of every month. This will enable them to save for any eventualities and support one another not only emotionally but also materially.No startup capital is given to the group to boost their saving. River Fund HIV/AIDs Family support Association however provides guidance and the equipments required for the activity. As such, all the groups will be given cash boxes and all its tools for record keeping and management of the group finances.As they conduct their weekly meetings they also have the time to share with one another their challenges and other concerns that other members would be able to help them out of it.Challenges.The number of HIV positive client is over whelming the little support that the Association is able to give. This therefore leaves out many who are equally vulnerable and in need of support.Lack of transport means. The distance to be covered by the association’s staff is wide and far apart leading to a delay in reaching out or monitoring of the groups. The Association is also hiring a motorcycle on a daily basis to facilitate the movements. This however is costly given the little available resources.Way Forward.1. Realizing the danger and the alarming increase in number of young positives (children and youth HIV+) the Association is in the process of registering young positive groups to enable them to open up and start living hopeful lives. They will also be receiving counseling services among other supports.2. The Association is purchasing cash boxes for the women groups already supported with goats as a way of encouraging a culture of saving among the women and to strengthen the economic wellbeing.
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