Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community

by The River Fund
May 15, 2009

Postcard from Empower AIDS Widows - Save a Community

Alexis and Brian visited this project on May 6th, 2009. They write:

In one of the poorest areas of Uganda is a community which has been deeply ravaged by AIDS. In our short time here we have seen the destruction of AIDS manifested in the many grave sites at every home and the scores of widows and orphans that have been left behind. But, for the widows of this project, GlobalGiving has provided a better life. During our visit we saw that through this project, widows have found solace in community, developed skills for coping, and obtained resources to become self-reliant; they have truly been empowered.

The first funds contributed through GlobalGiving were used to construct a center, which has created a vibrant community, in which widows can support each other. Also, GlobalGiving funds have been invested in several projects which alleviate the severe financial struggles of widows. Several of the women we spoke with had no source of income before this project. Today, some widows are raising goats, others are growing vegetables, and others still are being trained in tailoring and dressmaking. To support these women, GlobalGiving has funded 32 goats, six sewing machines, and enough seeds for 18 gardens. Six of the goats have given birth, and most of the others are pregnant. This project has chosen to have the first offspring of every goat be given to another member, thus expanding the impact. This program has further alleviated the economic burden of these widows by paying for many of the school related costs for the orphans which many of the women are raising. Finally, this project provides long term survival skills (through GlobalGiving Project #2175: Training the Trainers) for those widows suffering from HIV/AIDS, helping them live long and healthy lives.

We have no words to describe the inspiration we felt while watching this project change, and even save, lives. This visit moved us to tears, and showed us the true power of community. We have no doubt this project is, and will continue to be, successful. RARUDO, the community based organization that runs this project, has big plans on the horizon, including several projects which will be coming to GlobalGiving, which will benefit the orphans, disabled, and needy members of the community. We encourage you to keep an eye out for these projects, and continue to follow the great work of this organization.

When asked what they would tell their friends about this project, Alexis and Brian said, “Incredible: You need to see this!”

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The River Fund

Location: Sebastian, Florida - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.riverfund.org
Project Leader:
Joseph Onyango
Executive Director
Kampala, Uganda

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