RACOBAO through the Global Giving website received a donation of 1,889, 845/= (One million eight hundred eighty nine thousand eight hundred fourty five Uganda shillings) in March 2010 and purchased 700 kgs of Rice to benefit 35 HIV positive breast feeding mothers and children on ARVs. This has helped support their drug intake (adherence). Each received 20 kgs of rice expected to take them through the next 2 months. This is supplemented by their insufficient home grown food. Having enough food is a requirement before taking ARVs and it boosts their immunity thus reducing the adverse side effects that would have been caused by HIV.
Some of such success stories are of Mubiru Yusuf;
Mubiru Yusuf a 10 year old boy is a child living with HIV and on Anti Retroviral Treatment. He is the fourth and last child to Nakabuga Jalia (His mother) who is also living with HIV. “Yusuf gets too weak without food especially during severe famine in the village; a drought prone area” says the mother. Yusuf and the mother are very grateful for the food relief through Global giving.
Caroline Ninsiima is 30 years old woman living with HIV. Her child Doreen is a one year old girl who also has HIV and taking Septrin but not yet on Anti retroviral treatment. This is due to her boosted immunity partially due to the food relief from the previous donations from RACOBAO through Global giving (Maize flour and Rice). Caroline says the 20kgs of rice received would take her through the next 2 months since she has a big family. She says Doreen's appetite has improved. She is very thankful for the donation from Global giving.
Caroline and Doreen after receiving 20 kgs of rice
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Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization
Lyantonde, NA - Uganda
Project Leader: Stephen Ssenkima
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