Children
 Uganda
Project #6677

Improving livelihood of 200 widows in Mubende

by SORAK Development Agency(SDA)
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Beatrice stuck with baby helpless

SORAK Development Agency set off to support 200widows suffering from HIV and AIDS in Mubende. SORAK is very grateful for we have to date provided impactful support to at least 80 widows (aged 30-56). Some of these are also grand mothers who care for HIV/AIDS orphaned children.

Dear Global Giving donors, your hard earned dollar or pound has brought life, smiles on the face of the would be suffering widows. Nevertheless, since 2015, support from Global giving donations has been trickling at a lower rate than anticipated.

With support from other donors like Positive Action for Children fund SORAK has been able to discover many more women living with HIV and AIDS who have been widowed at early years aged as young as 27 years old!.These are left with babies/orphans to fend for. SORAK is overwhelmed. All the previous support received from Global giving is exhausted. SORAK is even yet to meet 50% of her fundraising goal. If at all we could reach 86% most of these newly discovered HIV positive mothers would have relief. This is because there is urgent need for support as they have to get on along with PMTCT.

Dear Global giving donors, as you have done always to us and to other distressed people on the globe; It is that extra dollar or two that will provide Beatrice meaningful life. She will be able to live positively with HIV and AIDS, with hopes of raising an HIV negative free baby. Kindly support us o reach our 86%target by December 2016 in order to give Beatrice and others in her caliber a meaningful and realistic life.


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Widow Stuck With Dead Teenager Grand-Daughter and Bouncing Baby

Annet is an HIV widow whom SORAK has supported to improve her livelihood since 2011. She has been able to sail through thin and thick with two granddaughters namely Jenniffer and Lawra.  Annet was able to send the two girls to school reaching as far as secondary level.

It is unfortunate that Jenniffer was defiled along the way while in senior one aged 14 years old. SORAK with support from global living donors rushed to intervene in apprehending the man responsible for defiling Jenniffer. Whereas SORAK was successful to apprehend the culprit no much was done to save the life of the girl who found it extremely difficult to deliver the baby.

What made matters worse was that Widow Annet took long to take Jenniffer to the nearest health centre in order to help Jenniffer deliver with the help of a heath profession.

The death of teenager mother notwithstanding, SORAK has been able to save the baby who has bee referred to a baby care centre 80kms away from SORAK operational area.

It is with the support of our esteemed global giving donors that SORAK has been able to settle this orphaned baby.

There is still much more to be done more especially in addressing issues of girl child sexual abuse and violence especially among girls’ orphans and vulnerable children under the care of widows.

SORAK will in the next period pay emphasis to protecting and promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls under the care of our supported widows.


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SORAK has since the inception of this project worked with widows living with orphaned children.
Some of these children live positively with HIV/AIDS. With support from global giving, that constitute social and psychosocial support, a strong feeling and conviction among children born of widows living with HIV/AIDS has been created. They are confident that they can cause change. These children majority of who are now teenagers have with SORAK management resolved to ensure that their siblings and others to be born in future are free from AIDS.
SORAK went an extra Mile and recorded a video of this approach (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuQ175mUWxw&feature=youtu.be)
We have posted this to our network both locally and internationally and in a space of one day here are the comments from people who have viewed the video.
1- “Muhammad, thank you very much for sharing!! What a truly fantastic video, really lovely to watch!
Keep up the great work SORAK.
Best wishes,
Ellen- United Kingdom”

2-Hi Muhammad
“Thank you for sharing it with me!
I really love it!
I think taking video is really good idea because people can visually understand.
Children singing a HIV advocacy song are so cute and lovely smile!!

Best,
Maiko- Japan “

3-Dear Mohammad,
“The video is very good and educative.
Well done.
South Africa “

4-Dear Muhammad,
“This is indeed very great achievement.
You are doing a great job for the communities.
The next one should be on TB/HIV.
Nice job done.
We are proud of the SORAK partnership.
Kind regards,

Dr. Isiko Kawanguzi Paul
Executive Director
Uganda Stop TB Partnership (USTP)”

5-“Well-done my teacher, thanks for your hard work
Robinah Nakyobe –Uganda”

 

Dear Muhammad
“This is great work - in the field and also in the video, communicating incorporating drama. Thanks a lot dear Muhammad and the rest of SORAK. The message in most of the song is quite clear and relevant. So is that in the said parts.
What may need improving on is: the message at the beginning (in the song). The words are mentioned too fast and not very audible.
So if one cannot read the English words, they may be left out on that part.
But it is great work.
Thank you.

Dr Busulwa USTP-Uganda “

SORAK has learnt that with a few dollars, we can cause change. And that change can come when led by persons who are directly affected by HIV/AIDS. With this video a wider audience can be reached and inspire learning as well as sharing good practices.
Widows living with HIV/AIDS are also confident and that their children (OVCs) can cause change, fight stigma and discrimination, which contribute to poor living conditions.
Dear partners and donors view the video and learn more how your support has built a strong foundation, given morale to HIV/AIDS affected communities to live longer.More widows living with HIV who are eligible for livelihood support are being discovered day by day through this infotainment approach.We are on the other hand having less and less babies being born with HIV!! What a great effort our donors' hard earned money has offered.If we hit our fundraising goal ,we would be happy to improve many more widows lives.This appleis to the newly discovered ones through infotainment.

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Tomasi the proud beneficiary of Global Giving
Tomasi the proud beneficiary of Global Giving

Tomasi is aged 13, an orphan who was discovered in 2011 with an ageing grandmother.

The grandmother had lost his son and daughter in law to HIV and AIDS 2 years before SORAK intervention.

The household of five persons including Tomasi who was by then aged 9 years old and the eldest aong the four orphaned siblings left with a grandmother.

" This grandson of mine toma is my husbaband,...since the death of his mother and father, he had shouldered every this..., going to the shops to buy salt,looking after our two chicken,...He also cares for his young ones including bathing them when he fetches water on his head from a pond which is 3 miles from here...

i dont know what will happen because i know iam soon dying and .Toma's uncles are careless ,poor and resorted to only consuming alcohol...I also suspect that  they may also be sick with 'silim'(AIDS)...

These and more were the words spoken by Tomasi's grandmother when SORAK provided a piglet to the household in 2011.

SORAK visited the Tomasis'  in October 2015 but we were suddaned to learn of the demise of the grand mother.

"You are welcome but your best friend and our best best friend, who had turned out to be everything to us died.! Tomasi explained to SORAK team of vistors,...when found just a few metres from home going to fetch water.I now manage the home,... i go to school three days a week, because on a friday i have to go to the weekly market to sale food stuffs and fruits and a mondays is when i collect those food stuffs from farmers. When i sell i make profit of 6000 UGX(about 2 $) per week .

But the pig you gave us was the blessing to our family. The first time it produced 8 piglets, we sold 6 and remained with 2 plus the old one,...The second time it produced twelve we sold all and got 600,000UGX.That was before the death of grand mother.We then bought this bicycle when it was new at 250,000 UGX ,grand mother kept the balance that kept us going.This year we sold our old pig and we have two grand piglets., God should always be with you SORAK man and those women you moved with"

These  and others are testimonies from the field in Mubende, showing the beauty and strengths of investing Your hard earned dollar dear Global giving donor. A piglet of only 5 $ has changed lives.

We are almost coming to half od our target, but it is taking long, because we set fire to the needy souls in our communities that are always comming for support like this one above.

Dear  donors, an extra 5$,10$, ro 20 $ can improve lives of many more Tomasi's of our community-Mubende-Uganda.

Alex
Alex

Alex is Fourteen year old but does not at all look it. The shy boy of stunted growth lost both parents to Aids and lives with his granny. He himself is HIV-positive – and that is not at all easy. But things have improved considerably since SORAK Development Agency with funding from Global giving came to support his Granny who were included the SORAK widow goat rearing programme. Among other things Alex and his 72 year old granny, now have a small income, which they earn from selling art crafts. They raised the materials for making the crafts after selling one of the goats kid that had come of size– a huge relief – and the child gets two meals per day since SORAK Development Agency provided support to his granny –widow affected by HIV and AIDS. This and more are some of the milestone being made by a few dollars well spent by donating to SORAK Development Agency,20$ have for instance changed life of Alex and his granny despite their HIV/AIDS situation. They are bound to live longer than they had anticipated!.Thanks to global giving and funding partners.


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SORAK Development Agency(SDA)

Location: Kampala, Central - Uganda
Website: http:/​/​www.sdauganda.org
Project Leader:
Muhammad Kyeyune
Kampala, Uganda

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