RACOBAO through the Global Giving website received a donation and purchased 4,000 bags of maize flour to benefit 85 breast feeding mothers on ARVs who had been affected by the severe famine.
The impact was tremendous. The breast feeding mothers were able to continue with the uptake of their ARVs because they could afford 2 meals of food a day. Consequently they were also able to continue with breastfeeding their babies. The food on average sustained the identified families for a period of 1 to 2 months untill late February 2010. The breast feeding mothers regained their strength and could hence weed, prune and harvest from their gardens during this period.
One of such success stories is of Babirye Joviet;
Babirye Joviet is a breast feeding mother who was enrolled on ARVs since 2005. 2 months ago when Lyantonde suffered a severe drought followed by famine, Joviet was one of the beneficiaries of 50 kgs of maize flour fundraised through the global giving website. The proposal with the help the District Health Officer, was submitted to support HIV positive breast feeding mothers.
The maize flour was of great impact. It sustained her family of six for 2 months until they were able to reap from their previous harvests. Joviet has gained more weight; the baby girl of 5 months looks healthy and strong.
Joviet exclaims “I was in a predicament because I was on ARVs yet had no food to eat. Worse still, I was breast feeding my daughter of 3 months then. The rest of my children also needed food daily. Thanks to RACOBAO and well wishers through Global giving for the timely relief. I gained strength which helped me to till my land when the rains came. I can now feed my family with the maize and the irish potatoes I harvested.”
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.
This project is no longer accepting donations.
Still want to help?
Support another project run by Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization that needs your help, such as: