Nothing can prepare a child for losing a parent, even as an adult it is beyond hard when we lose a parent. For children, it is unimaginable. Loss, uncertainty, fear are among what a child faces when losing a parent.
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The women in Kibigory and the 1 gentleman that we have interviewed all have similar circumstances. All are widows/ widower with children to care for. None of the women or the man we spoke with have an education and all of them are doing the best they can to support their children.
The only work a majority of these women/man have is to work on the maize and sugar cane plantations weeding the crops, by hand. Backbreaking, hard jobs, and the lowest paying job, making about $1 a day or less.
A large number of the women are HIV+ and even though medicine is available and they are taking the medicine, it is a hardship to travel to town to get the meds. Sometimes the choice is to feed the family or use the money to go to town to get meds. In addition it usually means missing a day of work since going to town takes the entire day, which further reduces their income.
Some of the women we spoke with are in a different situation; they are the widowed grandparent of the children in their care. These women have the added stress of not being able to work daily in the fields due to their age and other limitations. For them, even though they may not be HIV+, they know they cannot continue to care for their children for long. They are seeking alternatives and are looking to us.
These parents/grandparents all wish the same thing for their children; for their children to have a good education and a better life not in poverty.
Something all parents/grandparents want for their children.