When SORAK carried out the inception beneficiary assessment survey in later 2010 Annette was found in a devastated situation. Being a young Widow with only two children, she could not believe that it was still possible to bear a child who is free from HIV/AIDS. SORAK integrated her livelihood support of two piglets that multiplied with PMTCT counseling making her able to adhere to ARVs, improved her nutrition. For 3 years she had she lived with 5 people in a shack made of tarpaulin covering an area of 4 by 4 meters. She had one cup of corn and gathered vegetables per day to feed her entire family. Since her husband had died 2 years before SORAK intervention the patch of land that she and her husband once owned together was taken away from them by the family of her husband. The tradition stipulates that the land belongs to the man. After his death, the land automatically became the property of his family. Annette worked for a long time on the land of others, but did not earn enough to send the children to school.
Annette was discovered this April after our two years of intervention once again a happy mother of a bouncing 7 month old baby. Having respected our PMTCT counseling and adherence to routine medical checks, the baby has been saved from HIV/AIDs.
Dear colleagues, your hard earned dollar, can mean a lot to the lives of our suffering and vulnerable mothers. An extra dollar is most welcome.
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