RACOBAO describes Harriet’s situation:
Kabbundu Harriet 66, had almost lost all hope until RACOBAO intervened and provided this family with reason to smile. On top of her elderly status, inadequate food, medicine and household basics, Harriet looks after 4 orphans, one son and 3 daughters who are all unfortunately mentally sick and one of them physically disabled.
This family is very poor and vulnerable. They lived in a weak grass thatched makeshift that has exposed this family to great danger. The 3 daughters, given their vulnerability have been raped on several occasions due to the ease of entry into the almost collapsing house. As a result, the older one Namanda, 20, has 2 daughters, 3 years and 9 months. The second one Namata 18, has a 5 months old baby and the third Kakazi, 17, also has two daughters. This number is overwhelming for Harriet who is quite weak. Due to mental disability, the mothers do not know who exactly fathered the children.
The family’s savior has been Harriet’s last born son Semanda, 16, who is in Primary six though he was not able to attend the first term fully due to the heavy responsibility of taking care of his family. As a side job, he repairs radios and calculators and the little income he gets has sustained the family.
With funding from OPDU, this family has been supported with 2 goats, veterinary support and training on how to look after goats. These goats will come in handy to boost this family’s economic standards.
Ssemanda is enthusiastic that he will resume school with such compliments on his repair business. Harriet is overwhelmed and comments,
“Whenever Semanda is at school, I will always look after the goats because its not a complicated tasks given my age. I am very grateful for the support OPDU has provided to my already marginalized family. I see some light at the end of the tunnel.”
RACOBAO provides a new house
Since this report, RACOBAO was able to provide a new house for Harriet and her family.