Margaret Tulyatunga aged 32 years is living with her three children who lost their father in 2011 of HIV/AIDS. RACOBAO with the support from Global Giving supported Margaret with maize flour which helped her to improve her health (life) by taking porridge as food.
Margaret said, ‘‘by the time I got the maize flour it was time of hunger and I had nothing to eat neither drink and I was on ARV’s (Anti Retrovirals) treatment and the same time pregnant. Because the husband had just died who was a bread winner for the family and this was a challenging life to me. RACOBAO gave me maize flour which I used as food and I was able to gain the strength to do my usual home activities and grow food for the family and able to attend antenatal services until delivery of my baby." Such poor mothers end up losing hope and stop ART treatment because they lack what to eat.
Margaret appeals to RACOBAO to continue supporting the vulnerable People Living with HIV with food because this can improve their life and make such people to regain the strength to continue growing food on their own and live a normal life despite them living with the HIV virus.
Majwala Vincent aged 41 years married with one wife(Namatimba Janipher), live as discordant couple with 4 children. Vincent and his wife are living with HIV and are currently on ARVs. Vincent has been on treatment for the last 4 years but with serious complications due to lack of adequate food. RACOBAO with the support from Global Giving supported this family with maize flour which has greatly changed the family life of the members.
Vincent says, “I always got complications with the drugs, I think this was due to poor feeding because I could only have one meal a day and I also fed my family on dry tea without sugar. This weakened my life. However, I learnt of RACOBAO through a friend that they are supporting people living with HIV and I approached them and they supported me with 50kilograms of maize flour. This restored my hope. The maize flour I got supported me a lot, I made porridge and posho which greatly helped my life in taking ARVs and made me gain strength. As soon as my life improved I was able to work for my family through growing enough food crops for both consumption and sale, and I was also able to look after my goats which have multiplied and I can now cater for my family basic needs in terms of food and others.”
Thanks to GlobalGiving to enable RACOBAO support such families of People Living with HIV (PLWHIV). Such people, when they are not supported, they tend to drop out on drugs due to complications from poor feeding.
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.
Nakayiwa Resty is a widow with 5 children and renting a small house in Lyantonde town. She has been on ARVS since 2006. She faces the challenges of; infectious diseases, loss of energy and drug related complications stemming from lack of food. She had never received food aid from any organization yet she is very needy with no garden to plant crops, she thrives on the little earnings she gets from digging and washing clothes for neighbors. The situation becomes more complicated when she falls sick with no body to help her and the children.
She is grateful for the food she was to receive as it would boost her immunity, feed her family for some days and reduce the risks she gets by taking ARVS with out sufficient food. She thanked Global giving for the help rendered.
She appealed to the organization to at least have that offer twice a month and to increase on the ratio.
Robert Kacwa is a father of 4 children. Him and the wife are HIV positive and on ARVS. Fortunately none of his children is HIV positive. He has been on ARVS for 4 years with no serious complications. He has been receiving food supplements for the past 3 years composed of maize flour, beans and sometimes oil from RACOBAO.
He appreciated the diet as it boosts his immunity, makes him more healthy and energetic and taking ARVS to him is no problem. He was grateful to global giving for the funds and support.
He requested the organization to increase on the quantity of food supplied and to make it more regular.
RACOBAOm with support from GlobalGving, supports PLHIV breast feeding mothers on Anti Retroviral Therapy. Theresa Namusonko is one of the women being supported by RACOBAO with funding from GlobalGiving.
The PLHIV mothers are always single mothers who are solely responsible to fend for their families. " Having been assured of food for me and my family, I got the courage to effectively continue taking my drugs" Theresa said.
Theresa, 34, with a family of 5 children was widowed in 2008 after her husband succumbed to HIV and AIDS. Theresa started Antiretoviral treatment as soon as she had started receiving antenatal services for her last pregnancy from Lyantonde hospital but her main challege was feeding her family because she was always weak and unable to fend for her family. "What depressed me was inadequate food for me and my children yet taking my drugs required alot of good feeding for me which I could not afford. After getting the food relief from RACOBAO my mind settled and I was able to plan for other sources of sustaining food security in my family and presently I have a cassava garden"
Theresa attributes her adherence to ART, to the food support she got from RACOBAO. "After getting rice and maize flour I was assured of food for my family and this has encouraged me to take my drugs" a delighted Theresa says
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