Giving Hope and Care Project
Giving Hope and Care Project is an initiative which provides home based care, counseling, food support, nutrition education and contraceptives to the people Living with HIV (PLWHIV). For instance, women who do get tested on HIV and receive a positive diagnosis are confronted with a tough situation on how to disclose their status to their partners or family members. The accompanying stigma and discrimination after disclosing their status may affect their health adversely.
FAASIK model of compassionate and care giving includes identifying, empowering and training PLWHIV at the community level as ‘Carers.’
The trained ‘carers’ plays a key role in identifying, mobilizing and organizing women and girls living with HIV at the grassroots level to establish support groups. The support groups are essential in helping women and girls living with HIV to share their experiences, receive support on how to disclose their status to their partners and family members as well as receive moral and psychosocial support among other benefits including adherence to uptake of ARVs.
The ‘Carers’ are also involved in providing psychosocial support, home based care, counseling and distribute food to the needy women and girls living with HIV. FAASIK is currently working closely and taking care of over five thousand people living with HIV including widowed women and orphaned children who are on ARVs drugs. Majority of the widows and orphans have no source of income and largely depends on financial assistance or in-kind donations.