Project #3724

Support AIDS-Affected Households with Food

by Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization
Ruth and her family
Ruth and her family


Ruth (33yrs) is person living with HIV in Lyantonde district. Her family is one of the households that benefited from the Support AIDS-Affected Households with Food project supported by Global giving.

The project is aimed at improving the livelyhoods of  HIV affected households by giving such households maize flour  in order to promote their  socio – economic wellbeing. Ruth like the other households received 25kgs of maize flour, in order to boost both their nutritional levels and that  of their children. Ruth is on ARVS for 6years  depite the  the death of her  husband  ruth is able to fend  for her children. she can't go without making reference of how much the 25kg supported children to move forward.

Earlier this year during a joint monitoring exercise with the sub county chief and other local leaders, Ruth said “Am very grateful to RACOBAO for this food, I can’t believe that it’s me together with my children whose life has improved and now we can  work and get what to eat, our quality of life has already improved.” “My children now have ample time to attend school".

 we are grateful to Global giving for enhancing RACOBAO 's capacity to reach to such families

Rose and her children
Rose and her children

Food support from GlobalGiving has strengthened Rose's life that Rose is so impressed and thanks everyone enduring in supporting households affected with HIV/AIDS.

Rose was supported with 50 kilograms of maize flour during the time she was bed ridden struggling with effects of ARVs. This food pushed her with her children until it reached the time of harvesting. Rose said, “My children are okay and are currently in school, I am now able to do my domestic activities like digging, walking to the Health centre to pick my tablets because it is 5kilometres away from my home and also take the tablets normally since I have what to eat." Rose and her children are among the beneficiaries of the support AIDS affected households with food project supported by GlobalGiving.

Great thanks to GlobalGiving and its back donors for enabling RACOBAO reach all this far.


Kellen with her grand children
Kellen with her grand children

RACOBAO sends its sincere thanks to all Global giving fundraisers though the targeted number of households  to be supported  is not yet reached but the households being supported have really appreciated and some have gained energy back to do their normal activities and also to continue to take the tablets.

RACOBAO managed to make a survey in its working area and since it was a dry season we found out this elderly woman who mostly was in need, Oworinawe Kellen is a widow aged 82 years, with 4 grand children. Killen lives in Nakinombe village in Biwolobo Parish. In 2007, Kellen lost her son and left her with a wife who was seven months pregnant, bad enough this young lady also died while she was giving birth to her last child in 2008. Both parents died of HIV/AIDS and the young son is also sick and on ARV’s (Anti Retroviral Various), Kellen has faced a lot of challenges with the child who is always bed ridden. These people live on a small plot of land whereby they have to struggle and look for what to eat in order to survive and also rescue the baby’s life because without food someone on ARVs has to drop out immediately because these tablets are always supported by regular intake of food.   So with the help of our field staff many HIV/ AIDS households were being supported with food from the donor funds we received from Global giving fundraisers but also Killen’s family was also spotted out since she is the head of family and so elderly.

“Kellen said, I am so pleased for this food given to me because every morning I will be able to make porridge for my grandchild who is on tablets and also at least make sure he gets lunch in order to keep his life.”  

We thank everyone who has supported this project to rescue the lives members specifically those on ART since they need regular food intake to sustain their lives.

Households gathered to get food
Households gathered to get food
Distriburted food
Distriburted food
Margaret and her children
Margaret and her children

Nankya Margret is a widow living in Kyenshama, Kinuuka Sub - County. She lost her  husband in 2012 and left her with  a 3 months old baby and other two young boys one is 6 years and another is 2 ½ years. Her husband died of HIV/AIDS and infected her too.

After the death of her husband, she went for HIV test and the results were positive and she was enrolled on drugs.

In her own words of appreciation she said, I had abandoned taking ARVS due to lack of food and capacity to look after my children. This greatly weakened my life and I had decided to abandon my family, but after a jingle from our Local chairman that RACOBAO distributes food to the breast feeding mothers infected with HIV. They gave me 50 kilograms of maize flour and 10 kilograms of  beans for the start and encouraged me to visit a health centre 111 in  order to test and know my CD4 count, when they visited back in January 2013 I was given more food. This food has helped me a lot together with my family because I have gained energy and able to do work for my children and to continue with my ARVs.

Thanks to Global giving and RACOBAO who brings hope to the community.

Women receiving there food
Women receiving there food

Local leadership appreciates RACOBAO for the support of food to people living with HIV.

 RACOBAO in its efforts to support people living with HIV is partnering with Global giving to support mothers with HIV on treatment to enable them adhere to their treatment.   The chairperson local council V of Lyantonde district Mr. Fred Muhangi after learning of this great work he decided to preside over the giving of food support to mothers. In his speech he thanked RACOBAO and partners for giving such support to vulnerable people and he encouraged them to grow their food. This came at a time when 2000kgs were distributed to 20 mothers at the world AIDS day.

Thanks to global giving for enabling RACOBAO to reach such people.


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Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization

Location: Lyantonde, NA - Uganda
Project Leader:
Stephen Ssenkima
Lyantonde, Uganda

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