Noelina is an HIV+ AIDS widow in Uganda. She is a share cropper. She has four girls. Two are her own, two are AIDS orphans from her village. She and her family eat what they are able to grow. Because her body is fighting HIV she lacks energy to work in her garden. So her family often goes without food.
Because she does not eat enough food the local HIV/AIDS clinic is threatening to take away her life saving medication. Without enough food ARVs (antiretroviral drugs) can kill her faster than HIV.
She makes about $2 a month braiding hair so she can not afford to buy much food. If she dies she will leave four girls without a mother or a home. They will become part of the 3,200 plus children that become AIDS orphans in Uganda everyday.
So we are working to make sure Noelina has help with her garden so she can eat a proper diet, so she can take her medication and live to take care of her girls. By teaching her how to garden more effectively we can help her earn an income to pay for her girls to go to school.
HOPE+ Africa exists to help our African brothers and sisters like Noelina know that Christ loves and cares for them, that they is not alone. We love Christ, so we are thrilled to have the opportunity to love him when he is in disguise in “the least of these.”
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