RIVER FUND HIV/AIDS FAMILY SUPPORT ASSOCIATION, KITGUM. ACTIVITIES REPORT.
Project Name: FEED THE CHILDREN (HIV+ AND MALNOURISHED CHILDREN)
Project Area: KITGUM DISTRICT, AMIDA SUB-COUNTY.
Project Period: JULY-SEPTEMBER, 2012
RIVER FUND HIV/AIDS FAMILY SUPPORT WOMEN ASSOCIATION is a Community Based organization established in 2006. Its office is situated at Christ the King parish, Kitgum Town Council, Kitgum district, Uganda. It has a total membership of 30 women who have volunteered to help sensitize and restore hope to the traumatized community (orphans, child headed families, people affected with HIV/Aids) as well as improve the nutrition of malnourished children.
1. Assessment and Identification of HIV+ and Malnourished children.
Assessment and identification of HIV+ children for enrolment in the feed the children project. 10 children were identified from Amida sub-county from the villages of Akworo, Oyuru and Ganglela.
The children ranged from ages 2+ to 13 years. All children identified are on ART treatment and they are receiving the treatment from either Kitgum Government hospital or St, Joseph’s hospital. They all have their ART No. and treatment No.
Findings of the Assessment of HIV and children
There are a lot of children on drugs that are not followed up by the counselors. As a result some are not taking the treatment seriously. A case of a 13 year old boy in Amida sub-county, Kitgum District who has abandoned taking his treatment 10 month ago citing verbal abuse from fellow children in school and stigma.
Action point; Have home base care service to follow up these children.
The households of these children are in economic hardships since most of them are being taken care of by grandparents and are overwhelmed by the so many dependants they have to fend for.
Action point; Enroll their households in to a livelihood project to enable them work together to support their households
Some of the children assessed suffer from malnutrition and poor health. Some have swollen faces/body due to the reaction to the treatment.
Action point; organize training for the caretakers on long term survivals skills and nutritional sessions to enable provide balanced nutrients for these children.
2. Support to the households;
All the 10 household, were formed into a group and given goats for them to rear and share among themselves when the number increases from the 4 that they have received. This is aimed at building the asset base of the households to boost their household income. The idea behind group formation is also to enable the beneficiaries to support each other in times of difficulties and emotionally.
3. Training of caretakers on Long Term Survival Skills (LTSS) and feeding of HIV+ Children.
Training of the caretakers on LTSS and feeding of the children. The caretakers have been trained on LTSS (Long Term Survival Skills) by members of the River Fund HIV/AIDs family Support Association who have were trained as TOT (Trainers of Trainers) and have rendered such trainings to other women and caretakers before.
In Attendance were caretakers of the children identified for support (10 in total). The training was held at the River Fund offices at Christ the King Parish, Kitgum from 21-22 September 2012. The two days training objective was to empower the caretakers with different skills in providing for the children with the use of the local available foods in the home.
They were trained on how to provide a balanced meal for the children without necessarily looking for help from outside the home or food supplement support.
4. Monitoring of the beneficiaries in Alango and Pondwongo Parishes.
The beneficiaries in Pondwongo are carrying on with the VSLA (Village Savings and Loan Association) activities. They are supporting one another emotionally. The challenges they are faced with are the death of the goats. To date, the total number of goats alive are 11; 05 given by the Association and 06 produced kid goats. The total number of death is 06 since receipt of the goats.
In Alango Parish, there are 08 goats; 05 given by the Association and 03 produced kid goats. The group members are not cooperative and this is making the management of the goats difficult. Some members have as a result suggested that the remaining goats be shared out to enable each person to look after her own.
The vegetable seeds distributed were grown in their nursery beds and later transplanted. Most have need eaten by the women and some sold for cash to complement household income. The women are further keeping some for seeds production for further planting. The leaves however are continued to be eaten.
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