| Nov 4, 2013
Closing Chapter- Starting Another
Setting a Bed
Dear friends and partners,
It has been months of hard work. Together we have been able to make some strides in providing better health for families affected by HIV.
We have continued to provide care and treatment to family members and to those affected. We continue to support pediatrics within our school and also home based visits.
In the last two months we were able to provide psychosocial support to at least 3 families affected. Sadly one of the women we had been trying to get help for in terms of accessing health care attempted suicide and could not recover. She passed on.
On the other hand we were able to mobilize support for one of our beneficiaries to access psychosocial csupport by purchasing beddings and food items. We also supported the daughter who is in secondary school with tuition so she could not miss school in the third term.
It has been tough especially with the realization that self stigma is still a reality in our community. The structure of our incubatee psychosocial support group crumbled because of unrealistic expectatioons that we were not able to bridge and this has led to the group project suffering a lack of co-ordination and ownership.
Natural climatic conditions have also meant we need to write a new chapter of interventions that will not be subjected to such changes as frequently. The green house project held for only one month until the well ran dry. (see pictures). The group was involved in very little of its management and maintenance and ended up pulling out of the partnership.
We have since made a conscious decision not to support in the meantime group project but to run it as an organization and channel the proceeds where the need is highest.
As one community health worker, who is also a beneficiary put it," we had made good progress, but we cannot let it suffer.We will find a way together to deal with stigma."
On behalf of these individuals and families I would like to thank you fellow partners and changemakers for making it possible to do the much we could with the available resources.
We would however want to close this project and focus on the Education Project that is holistic and will still cover children's health.
We will shift in working more with Community Health Workers and individuals on a need for need basis. This would enable us reach the most deserving families.
We want to thank you for the $ 852 raised for this project.
We were able to support the families with inputs for economic activities within the green house and school fee support as well among others.
On behalf of these families our heartfelt thanks.
For those who had recurring gifts, it is my rquest that you shidt it to the project Help Keep 150 Children in School in Nguluni, annually. The giving will support a vulnerable child's future, see msingibora.blogspot.com
Bed for PLHIV
Old bed being replaced
Dairy goat input
The set bedding