Programa contra la SIDA

Googlejant Kimlea sempre es troben coses noves. En aquest cas, és un PDF d’un programa presentat per Kianda Foundation a una entitat sueca, Mälarföreningen. És un projecte de lluita contra la SIDA enfocat a les dones i noies de les plantacions. El PDF sencer el podeu trobar aquí. Tot i que no posa la data, té informació d’interès. Copiem algun paràgraf, que permet fer-se la idea de com estan les coses:

Sobre l’actitud davant VIH/SIDA:

Kimlea now seeks to increase Aids Awareness and Prevention through its programmes in the school and its surrounding areas. The villagers have peculiar theories about Aids, and many are uncertain as to its causes and effects. Some think that it is a curse by an enemy or the wrath of the ancestors. By offering a dear sacrifice to the spirits, one can be cured. Many have been exploited for being ignorant at the expense of their families. Due to these theories, families neglect those members with Aids out of fear of bewitchment. Their families and communities disown the patients, and most die soon after diagnosis.

There is therefore need to educate the masses on how the disease is contracted and how to care for the sick so as to prolong their lives. Though the government is very concerned about this issue, it lacks the economic means to address this problem. It therefore depends on other players within the economy to carry out this campaign especially because they are familiar with the needs at the grass-root level and can therefore address the problems extensively. Also, the government is viewed with suspicion due to misappropriation of funds, thus other players are given this task that is primarily the responsibility of the government.

Algunes de les dificultats que s’han trobat:

Women run over 50% of the families living within this area, just as Teresia does. She is a mother of five children, and among them is Mercy, now a second year student at Kimlea. Teresia attends the adult literacy classes in Kimlea’s Outreach Programme. Teresia was born in the tea estate 35 years ago. She got married to a neighbor in the village and both worked in the plantations. Life got a bit too tough after their third child was born, so her husband decided to go to the city to look for greener pastures as it was paining him to see his family go deeper into poverty. Teresia has not seen him for five years, and now she has two more children. She says that life is comfortable as long as there is tea to be picked in the plantation. The only problem arises when there is no tea to be harvested, because she has to look for other sources of income, and at such times, it is difficult to get casual employment elsewhere. Many women are therefore forced to prostitution in order to provide for their children, and this is common in the plantations.

The illiteracy rate among these people is very high. Majority of the women are either uneducated or are primary school dropouts. Because of this background, some of them may not be aware of the causes and effects of Aids since they cannot read, do not own electrical gadgets such as television sets and therefore rely on hearsay.

I l’objectiu del projecte:

20 trained teachers.

250 rural girls between the ages of 12 and 25 will gain access to counseling services on Aids and other related issues.

100 rural women above 25 years of age will gain access to information on the disease Aids and will receive counseling from the trainers.

Indirectly, this project will have an impact on the lives of their families, affecting around 2,500 other people.

Improve the attention and care that the HIV/Aids patients receive in the homes and villages.