A House for Mariam
In less than a year, your bracelet purchases, and donations helped raise $4000 to build a home for Mariam! Thanks to your support, Mariam and her family are now living in their much needed new home.
On a visit to Uganda in 2009, OBC founder Louise Hogarth met AIDS orphan Mariam, her four siblings and their grandmother. Since the death of their parents to AIDS, Mariam’s elderly Jjaja (granny) had been caring for the children with hardly any money. The family was living in little more than a mud shack with a sparsely thatched roof.
The nearly pitch-black interior of the little house was reminiscent of a cave. The shack provided little ventilation, especially in the baking heat of the Ugandan summer, causing frequent respiratory ailments and general bad health for the family. The makeshift dwelling was also in danger of collapsing during the next rainy season.
Having experienced these appalling living conditions first hand, Louise returned to Los Angeles and began raising funds to construct a new home for the family. The response from OBC supporters was fantastic and in a few months we were able to employ a subcontractor to complete the work on the new house.
Mariam, her granny and siblings in front of their new home
Thanks to your bracelet purchases, Mariam, her Jjaja and her siblings now have what many of us take for granted – decent shelter. HIV positive Mariam now has a chance to grow-up and to live a long, healthy life.
Thanks to your bracelet purchases, Mariam, her Jjaja (featured left) and her siblings now have what many of us take for granted…decent shelter. HIV positive Mariam now has a chance to grow-up and to live a long, healthy life. She takes her daily meds in the evening and when she hears the birds sing in the morning. She wants to “go to school to get knowledge.” Now she will be able to do that and she thanks you from the bottom of her heart.
Like many families in Africa impacted by HIV/AIDS, Mariam’s Jjaja has lost 10 of her 11 children. She is struggling to raise her grandchildren and provide a daily meal – not three just one. Many children no longer have families and are forced to fend for themselves or live in child headed households. By donating or buying a bracelet you enable us to assist many children like Mariam.
Your bracelet purchase also provides employment for the women crafters living with AIDS who make the bracelets, daily food programs for children, permaculture gardens to grow their own food and much more.