Rakai district is where the first case of HIV/AIDS was discovered in Uganda in the early 1980s. While some children are infected with the HIV virus or living with AIDS, others are affected when their parents and siblings die from AIDS. Since then the impact of the disease has been so devastating the entire community. Despite all effort by government and non-government Organisations, the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the District remains the highest in the country. In all our programs, we have activities to educate people about the deadly disease, its effect, how to avoid it and how to extend your life if you already have it. We are always struggling to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS through education along with counseling and support to those who are infected. We also rehabilitate RODI assisted children who have lost a parent to AIDS or who are infected with HIV/AIDS. These activities do not discriminate any one.
Specifically, RODI intervenes through:
- Training community leaders on how to support those that are already HIV/AIDS positive.
- Supporting women, most vulnerable in the community, to get income generating activities to minimize their vulnerability resulting from over dependence on men. In their effort to feed the children, women become prey for the men who are HIV/AIDS positive but have the money. We do this through the Hope Again Women’s Ministry
- Organizing community sports events to bring people together so that we can talk to them about HIV/AIDS.
- Organizing inter-school sports competitions with an aim of speaking to children about AIDS while developing their talents.
- Visiting various school to educate the children about HIV/AIDS, especially how they can avoid it and how they can prolong their life if they already have it. We also make arrangements with schools to allocate us time so that we can show videos to children of people that have been affected by the disease with hope that they can make a choice to protect themselves.
You can support the above activities or even take part. This fight is on and you are welcome to join us so that we can save the next generation in the community and Uganda in general.