In order to ensure that widows affected by TB/HIV adhere to treatment and positive living, this project sought to provide Livelihood support. The strategy here involved participatory selection of indigent individuals. There was preliminary home assessment visits by SORAK staff in liaison with village leaders in order to select the neediest of the needy widow TB/HIV clients. To date a total of 80 persons widows living /affected by TB/HIV have been supported with own selected and carefully assessed enterprises. Subsequently 19 women received 38 piglets,4 received 40 local chickens,10 got 10 goats and 8 opted for entrepreneurial seed grants while another 40 have been mobilized into formation of village saving and loan group. They are encouraged to borrow and save and they take on independently run micro enterprises. There are indications that they can now afford basic needs, treatment and travel cost to health units. Other Widows not yet reached have been encouraged and motivated to start activities that increase their income and allow them access to affordable treatment and a better nutrition.
“HIV/AIDS widow blows More Candles”Tereza Nabukenya female, aged 79 a widow TB/HIV patient of Kinoni Village, Kagoma parish-Kitenga Sub County. Lives with co-infected TB/HIV daughter 50 years .Both are beneficiaries of psychosocial training, home based care and livelihood support. In February 2011, Tereza had been abandoned and left for dead given her age and ill-health.SORAK intervention made family realise Tereza’s right to life. Information and support from this project encouraged caregivers to change their attitude to the two TB/HIV mother daughter widowed patients. Tereza still hope to live longer with rejuvenated life; and are all thanks to SORAK & and the Global Giving Donors.
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