In 2004, I gave birth to a little girl. It was a joy in our family. It was a birth like so many others, until the eighth month of her life, when she unexpectedly gave up her soul. Hoping to be consoled as soon as possible by another little angel, my husband followed the path of death until he passed away a few months later. It was a total desolation for us during this year.
Being a widow who had to take care of her orphans, I fought day and night, so that we had something to eat. Despite all these efforts to overcome poverty, my health was deteriorating day by day. Having no more strength to find the daily bread, I immediately went to plead with JRS (Jesuit Refugee Services) which assists refugees and disaster victims.
At first sight, the people who worked there welcomed me without delay. They guided me to a center for assistance to the vulnerable and for the care of people living with HIV / AIDS, fearing that I would have contracted HIV, which at that time, decimated young people and adults, without scruple. The center offered to get me, and my children tested as soon as possible. The results were negative in all my children, when mine were positive for me. afterwards, I was put on Bactrim treatment, and after 3 weeks prescribed ARV drugs. This center followed me closely by providing advice without forgetting assistance with food and school materials for my children. I was never absent for check-ups and to pick up medication.
A few years later, after realizing our vulnerability, the long distance we had to travel to collect our medicines, SYM decided to initiate the approach of mobile clinic. We are so grateful to this service. It has saved our expenses and time due to the distance we had to travel to get to medical appointments. It is no longer us who are going to SYM but on the contrary, SYM coming to join us in our villages with the maximum package of services we need.
Lately, SYM has seen that just giving us medicine is not enough for good health. Thus, he trained us on the implementation of IGAs via the Nurem project. After this training he granted us a capital to start our activities. I run a goat farm, which continues to thrive. Currently, I can have enough to feed my children, not forgetting that my health is good today. Here I am again the young girl of yesteryear! I am very grateful to the SYM who always knows how to take care of our life, she concluded.