Artisans

Read some of their stories:

Agness Allen

Constance

     

Gertrude Hamidah Harriet
     

Mary Rita Safina
     

 
Rose Ruth  

Our Artisans

The 230+ women have more than the Namugongo Good Samaritan Project (NGSP) in common. Sadly, they have all experienced the loss of a husband to AIDS. In addition to living in a country where an estimated 3% of the population are infected with HIV, they are impoverished, illiterate and struggling to provide for the basic needs of their large families: food, medical expenses and the much-desired school fees.

Most of the ladies have between three and seven children under the age of 10. Some of the ladies are HIV-positive.

They have expressed feelings of low self-esteem, isolation and hopelessness for the future.

Before the NGSP:

  • They despaired that their children would be unable to attend school.
  • They were submissive and silent.
  • Historically, men have regarded women as useless, sickly, and incapable of contributing to the welfare of the community. Women continue to be belittled and undermined.

Now:

  • They advocate for access to medicines to treat HIV/AIDS and malaria.
  • They send their children to school and provide three meals per day.
  • They assert themselves by joining together to claim their rights and to insist that local leaders find solutions to the gravest challenges facing their communities.

Once abandoned, ostracized and marginalized, the ladies today have a sparkle in their eyes and a spring to their step. Given emotional support and professional training, they believe in themselves, trust each other and hope for a better, safer future.

 
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