CRWRF partnered with World Renew in support Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program in Linguere, Senegal. The program assisted 77 orphans and vulnerable children, who have lost either one or both of their parents to AIDS or lost their mothers during childbirth. The households that are caring for these orphans have been struggling to provide for the children, and the caregivers are in desperate need of help. A few children have died in the past year from malnutrition and lack of medicine.
During the last year, CRWRF supported vulnerable households by providing them with nutritious food and support for the costs of medical care, school fees for 7 children, and counseling for caregivers plus milk supplies for newborn babies. CRWRF supported the program with $20,000 and World Renew contributed $7,181.
The local implementing partner, Services Luthériens pour le Développement au Sénégal (SLDS), has found that malnutrition leading to reduced ARV efficacy has been the main cause of death among people living with HIV/AIDS, including children. SLDS has already managed a very successful 3-year project assisting people living with HIV in Linguere, funded by World Renew, called “Embrace AIDS”. This helped 130 people receive nutritious food and pay for heath care.
World Renew and SLDS also teach about the importance of maintaining healthy habits by holding community nutrition training. A vegetable garden has helped participants learn about how to grow vegetables and contributed to consuming a more balanced diet. In addition, this last trimester a focus group was organized for the children and their parents on the importance of attending school and applying yourself in your studies. We are thankful to God that all newborn orphans and older children involved in the program this year are alive and well, as well as the older people living with HIV/AIDS.