Fred is a 48 year old man living with HIV. Fred was diagnosed with HIV in 2008. In the same year, the wife left the home after getting the news that the husband had been diagnosed with HIV. Fred stayed home helpless with his four children.
Later, Fred was advised to go for medication at the nearby health centre. It was a trying moment because Fred was later to be introduced to ARVs and was asked if he had enough food so that he could be enrolled on treatment. Since ARVs would require nutritious feeding. This was a condition for him to access the medicine. Fred had no way out of the problem. He was always sick and bedridden. He could not cultivate food. So the family was highly food insecure at the time.
At one time, RACOBAO received the news that Fred was denied medicine because he did not have food. RACOBAO staff immediately enrolled Fred on monthly food rations with support from Global Giving (GG) and immediately approached the hospital to enable Fred get the drugs. When the hospital received assurance that food would be available, Fred was immediately enrolled on treatment.
Fred steadily improved because he was getting both the food and medicines. He has now begun cultivating his own food. We believed that within the next five months, he will be food sufficient.
RACOBAO recently talked to Fred and he said “I would be dead now if I had not received food from RACOBAO. Am now alive, I can dig and support my children. I thank everybody who worked hard to give me a second chance to live by giving me food”
Such moving testimonies always give us encouragement to continue our work. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to sustaining lives of the most vulnerable through Global Giving. The donations may appear small but the impact is long lasting.