Project #3724

Support AIDS-Affected Households with Food

by Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization
May 7, 2010

Support AIDS affected households with food

Joviet Babirye 26 with her 5 months old baby.
Joviet Babirye 26 with her 5 months old baby.

RACOBAO through the Global Giving website received a donation and purchased 4,000 bags of maize flour to benefit 85 breast feeding mothers on ARVs who had been affected by the severe famine.

The impact was tremendous. The breast feeding mothers were able to continue with the uptake of their ARVs because they could afford 2 meals of food a day. Consequently they were also able to continue with breastfeeding their babies. The food on average sustained the identified families for a period of 1 to 2 months untill late February 2010. The breast feeding mothers regained their strength and could hence weed, prune and harvest from their gardens during this period.

One of such success stories is of Babirye Joviet;

Babirye Joviet is a breast feeding mother who was enrolled on ARVs since 2005. 2 months ago when Lyantonde suffered a severe drought followed by famine, Joviet was one of the beneficiaries of 50 kgs of maize flour fundraised through the global giving website. The proposal with the help the District Health Officer, was submitted to support HIV positive breast feeding mothers.

The maize flour was of great impact. It sustained her family of six for 2 months until they were able to reap from their previous harvests. Joviet has gained more weight; the baby girl of 5 months looks healthy and strong.

Joviet exclaims “I was in a predicament because I was on ARVs yet had no food to eat. Worse still, I was breast feeding my daughter of 3 months then. The rest of my children also needed food daily. Thanks to RACOBAO and well wishers through Global giving for the timely relief. I gained strength which helped me to till my land when the rains came. I can now feed my family with the maize and the irish potatoes I harvested.”


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Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization

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

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