Well! Well! Well! Caroline , what an amazing lady!! We met Caroline early last year through our community work. She had just been tested positive for HIV and AIDS and was referred to our ‘Give Me Another Chance’ project.* Caroline seemed traumatized, withdrawn, confused and seemed not to dream anymore. She didn’t have a source of income. We went around our social network in search of a person in need of a house help. Fortunately enough, a perfect family came forward and that is how Caroline got hired. Once in a while, Caroline could spare a few hours in a month to come to our Breathwork and support sessions. We didn’t feel this was enough. We wished that Caroline could do more to address her personal challenges. She later relocated from Nairobi to her husband’s ancestral land in the countryside where life was less demanding compared to urban life. Since then we lost contact with Caroline until a few weeks ago when she phoned me. I didn’t recognize her voice until she introduced herself. This was Caroline contacting me in gratitude for what we did for her at a time she had just broken down. Caroline said that our intervention was indeed an inspiration to her. She is doing amazingly well in the village. She has started a small retail shop that is really successful. She is also practicing food crop farming that has kept her family running. Caroline is now an active member of a support group in the village. She is looking forward to hosting Tiba Africa Foundation. She wants Tiba Africa Foundation to introduce Transformational Breath® to her fellow group members. This is amazingly inspiring to learn that little things we do, go a long way. We thought we should share it with you since it’s through your continuous support we have continued to run the projects of Tiba Africa Foundation. Thank you!
*Give Me Another Chance is a Tiba Africa support project that works with people struggling with their AIDS/HIV diagnosis. It offers counseling, Transformational Breath, information, dietary advice and advice about setting small businesses.
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We’ve reopened our school after a week of teachers’ empowerment course and four weeks of kids’ holiday. Teachers have been learning how to give attention to kids. Below is a feedback we received from one of teachers after the training.
“Kids tend to cry for attention more often. It is rather tasking to be there for every crying child. In fact, I always feel quilt in event where I cannot turn to a crying child. Little do I know that I encourage crying than stimulating their creative minds. I will ignore where possible to help them know that it’s not only through crying one gets the attention,” Said Teacher Millicent.
Recently, Lillian Omwenga (Board member of Tiba Africa Foundation) had a chance of visiting various projects United Kingdom. She brought back with her, gifts from friends and well-wishers of Tiba Africa Foundation under the stewardship of Andria Falk.
“Asante sana” (Thank you very much), said kids of Abundant school.
We are also pairing up Kids of Abundant School (Kenya) with some kids of Fairway School (UK). We hope that through pen pal friendship, kids will learn from one another.
Our other projects; Joy Baby Care and Give me Another Chance, have greatly been supported by a team of volunteer youths from Youth Empowerment Network. They played, fed and cleaned our kids. They offered motivational talks to people living with HIV and AIDs. We wish them success.
Whenever I wake up in the morning, I consciously look around for reasons to inspire my day. Joy is one of men and women that inspires my day. She has actually become an example of the dream held high by TIBA AFRICA FOUNDATION for people Living with HIV+AIDs in slums of Kabiria. HIV+AIDs have really killed lots of dreams. Reading testimonies like the one bellow, keeps me inspired:
"Like many young girls, I have a big dream to fulfill and after ups and downs of life, my dream is coming to reality. Mtoto wa Africa Palace (MAP) was officially opened in November. I am working at the moment on enrolling the likeminded, friends, relatives, government officials, police, landlords /ladies, business owners from my community; Uthiru 87 so we can work together on my dream. I aim to make a lasting impact in the whole community. My main focus is to make practical difference in the lives of kids, women, men &youths that are affected /infected with Hiv . My passion for these special &wonderful people was birthed last year January 2012 when I went for my 1st antenatal clinic & my Hiv test came out positive. It has been an amazing journey, All glory to God for bringing TIBA AFRICA FOUNDATION into my life.My baby Shawn is Hiv negative &so is his Dad. Through TIBA,I have learnt so much about HIV & seen what stigma, ignorance, fear , weak mind & lack of support does to these precious people who if not helped they can’t fulfill their dreams, I included too,” Said Joy.
Joy went through our empowerment program . She aims at helping others that are going through a challenge she personally overcame. Many thanks for your donations. We hope to have more people like joy who can go further in empowering others. Congratulations Joy.
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