August 26th, 2015 | admin
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Adding life in the days of children and mother with HIV while adding days in their life
There is no single reason which is increasing the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Nepal. It is a complex issue brought on through many, many factors such as poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, unawareness, migration, urbanization, gender discrimination, an open boarder with India, lack of proper care and actions of parents towards children, stigma and discrimination of society towards infected people, myths and a lack of knowledge generally in society about HIV/AIDS. Based upon the experience of our center, gender discrimination plays a vital role with the above reasons. The results are that children and women are infected in Nepal.
‘Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime’ – By teaching women life skills, we render them independent and self-sufficient.
With support of ONGD/FNEL of Luxembourg SETU Nepal is conducting livelihood training for mothers with HIV to date, around 532 women and almost double the number of children have benefited. We conduct training, followed by monitoring and evaluation to judge the utility of our contribution. The results have been positive so far, in terms of female empowerment, self-confidence and establishing relations with women in similar circumstances. The response from goat farming has been relatively positive, although we recognize that it is not suitable for every candidate (family problems, unsuitable land, etc…). Seed money with income generating skills is not only for encouraging them to be self-stand, it is also the entry point to bring out the situation of mother and children with HIV in Nepalese society by maintaining good relation with them after training program so that we can address in other cross cutting issues of them. Once more, in the process of monitoring and refresher after training program, field visit proves us how interesting it is to meet the women in their own hometown. The meeting is more authentic, and it’s easier for us to realize in which condition they live and how they are utilizing knowledge, skill and resources that they received during training program.
“In village we all are bounded towards our responsibilities & work load so that we don’t have time to gathered and share our feelings, emotions etc but here we found the environment to express our sorrow and pain including lots of fun made our stay here memorable.” Women with HIV
We have several issues that must be addressed to fulfill the MGD ‘Education for All’: skills for livelihood, education for children and support to empower these women and children living with HIV and reestablish them within society. In this regard, weare planning to broad the scope of our programs in future.
Evidently, risks still remain: as HIV infected mothers and children require continuous care and support, we want to address their health status, and teach them that although HIV is incurable, it is manageable: we must promote a safe health approach.