Lorrain was sent to Uganda by Palms to work with KIFAD for a period of two years. She is expected to participate in all HIV/AIDS Project activities and live with a host family. This programme with Palms is meant to facilitate an equitable partnership and an understanding of development challenges.
After a couple of months working with Lorrain, I came to realise the skills, potential, commitment, energy, enthusiasm and above all the willingness she has to ensure she makes a difference not only to our project and clients but also to the community in general; yes, a positive change. “Bob, I am here to work, and to work unreservedly” said Lorrain just a few days after joining our organization.
After Lorrain joined our HIV/AIDS Team, the impact was felt immediately – there has been a great improvement in our work and performance. The HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) team’s performance has greatly improved. It is more organised and the team has tested more community members than before in the shortest time.
As the struggle to fight the dreaded disease continues, the majority of Ugandans are unaware of their HIV/AIDS sero-status, leaving them unable to seek early treatment and care or to change behaviours that might put them and others at risk of HIV infection.
KIFAD’s main goal is to contribute to increased access to comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment, home based care and support to PLWHA in Wakiso District. Our primary targets are people living with HIV/AIDS and children.
We concentrate mainly on increasing care and support to people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in order to mitigate the effects of the epidemic. Besides that we aim at strengthening the coping of People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA); assisting families to progressively become self reliant; building the internal capacity of KIFAD for effective and sustainable programme design and implementation; and finally, improving access to food among families and households infected and affected by HIV / AIDS, as far as our financial means allows us to.
Current projects include HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT); fundraising for KIFAD HIV/AIDS Support Center, where comprehensive treatment, care and support will be offered to people living with HIV/AIDS; and Vocational Skills Training for girls infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
This partnership is yielding results in the shortest time. The board, management and staff of KIFAD, on whose behalf I am writing, would like to register their heartfelt appreciation to Lorrain, her family and the entire team of Palms Australia for giving us such a wonderful person.
Thank you very much.
Bongole Richard Bob