It is surprising how desperate situations can be transformed by the skills of staff and volunteers and the funds provided by generous, caring people.
Victoria had a sad story. The team who assess people to see if impoverished and sick enough visited her but found although she was very ill with HIV/AIDS, and was keen to have help with fence, seedlings and teaching, she still had a husband who had a job. He brought home $60 a week so she did not qualify for a garden.
Some time later things changed for Victoria. Her husband had taken a new wife and she had returned to a cracked mud house that had belonged to her parents. The house was one small room.
She was having trouble taking her medication as some food is needed with the tablets. She was suffering from diarrhoea and walking with a stick. Her two sons were doing well as the school was giving them a meal each school day. When we asked what they would eat that night she show us the scrapings from a meal the night before and was hoping she could beg from the homes around her.
Our garden project, led by Mumsie were able to include her and started the garden and kept it going until Victoria gained some strength to tend it. They even trained the two boys to help tend the garden until Victoria was stronger
A fence with gate is needed as cows, goats and hens hungrily roam all around. Basic tools are needed, teaching and seedlings. If the one receiving a garden is ill, help will have to be given to fetch water until they are stronger. Our work is hampered as we need a strong vehicle to go on very rough roads and carry heavy fencing.
But in spite of all this we feel it is a very worthwhile project.