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Namata: Ridden from wobbly, leaking temporary house, praises Kitovu Mobile for timely relief

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Namata shares her story of change

Namata shares her story of change

As she tells her story, you visibly see an empowered woman with sounding esteem, emotions, expression and hope, a scene which is not common among parents/families wounded by HIV/AIDS.

This makes me wonder why the mother of 11, of whom seven are dead, is exceptional; but Maria Namata, discloses that Kitovu Mobile is the pillar behind this.

Through Kitovu Mobile’s Grandmothers and OVC Support Project, the 60-year-old resident of Kakondo, Kirumba sub-county, Kyotera District, expounds: “Through solidarity groups, the counselors teach us how to speak, express ourselves, dislodge grief and trauma, and with their empathetic approach, I was able to change”

The new house that Kitovu Mobile built for Namata,retrieving her from the pool of grief as the old one kept leaking and was about to fall but she hardly had money to build a new one.KITOVU MOBILE PHOTOS

The new house that Kitovu Mobile built for Namata,retrieving her from the pool of grief as the old one kept leaking and was about to fall; but she hardly had money to build a new one.KITOVU MOBILE PHOTOS

While the above, may have accounted for her aforementioned attributes, she says,one pillar, that has largely seen this, is the descent house that Kitovu Mobile built for her family. “It ended my long time misery of sleeping in a leaking,wobbly grass/old-iron sheets- roofed mud house”

The wobbly,leaking house that Namata lived in with her family. Shes says whenever it rained the children could not sleep.KITOVU MOBILE PHOTOS

The wobbly,leaking house that Namata lived in with her family. Shes says whenever it rained the children could not sleep.KITOVU MOBILE PHOTOS

“The house had sunk me and my grand children  in oceanic grief,worry. We could keep cursing HIV for robbing us of our daughter who had offered to build for us a relatively descent house, but died before realizing it,” She says in a rather moody tone.

She adds: “worse still, the little money that we would have started with; say, to buy bricks, was all drained through medical expenses as I struggled to save her life”

Namata shows where she laid her daughter to rest.

Namata shows where she laid her daughter to rest.

Left with no alternative, she says, she  was only left to pray to Mother Mary to do miracles,and indeed,what started as a campaign to have them (most vulnerable grannies and OVC) join solidarity groups and get empowered, shortly gave birth to her cherished  house.

“I vividly recall the Sub -county elderly representative, Mr. Steven Kintu, who alluded to a possibility of having the Organization building for me a new a house and end my long time shelter woes,” She recalls.

And shortly, after joining the project as a beneficiary, Namata happily says it came to reality!   ‘My fellow Bukadde Magezi Solidarity group members unanimously said she was the very right vulnerable to benefit from the housing support”

“Later bricks and other construction materials were brought, and in just two months, the house was complete. I could not believe it! A  a house which we yearned for years being  been built in such a short time without our input!” Namata shares.

Adding: “Mother Mary, whom I petitioned whenever it rained, did answer my outcry through sending Kitovu Mobile and its partners-The Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Bereavement counselling session: Ms Nakasango,the Grannies Project counselor,talks to Namata. Such sessions as she says,have dislodged trauma.

Bereavement counselling session: Ms Nakasango,the Grannies Project counselor,talks to Namata. Such sessions as she says,have dislodged trauma.

The aftermath of this is nothing apart from comfortable sleep for my grandchildren, who always asked me why we were too unfortunate in all aspects of life, to the extent that we could not have the basic human right, shelter.

Apparently, Namata says, she cleans her compound without hesitation because in the past, people could laugh at her as saying it was “illogical to have a spotless clean compound for such a house.

Other benefits from the solidarity group.

Besides, being able to express herself, Namata says she has managed to cultivate a spirit of saving and later borrows in case of emergencies.

“The very recent one is when one of my grandchildren got sick. I only learnt about at 3 pm and hardly had a single coin with me; but simply went to the group treasurer and got a simple loan to take the child for medication.”

Namata wants to seriously venture into piggery as she can now get where to borrow from the Solidarity group and buy livestock feeds.

Namata wants to seriously venture into piggery as she can now get where to borrow from the Solidarity group and buy livestock feeds.

She says she plans to save more and borrow from the group to buy livestock feeds (Pigs).

 

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