HIV Nutrition & Health
This nutritional program supplements our HIV positive orphans with nutrition that enhances their bodies’ ability to fight opportunistic diseases that plague those fighting the HIV infection. It is the difference between life and death for these little ones.
In East Africa, the effects of HIV/aids are continuing to decimate children’s lives. The impact can be seen clearly in the dull eyes and bone-thin bodies, even the painful deaths of orphans in this community. Mosaic Vision offers life-saving medications to these children, but without the supporting nutrition and health education, the medications are almost worthless.
Will one meal a day and some dirty water nourish a small body for the strength needed to accept the medication, fight the physiological battle and grow as a body should? The anti-retroviral medication is one tool in the fight for survival, but it requires a well-fed and well-trained body in which to work.
Help us FEED HIS SHEEP, so the body and mind can heal, and the heart can believe that there is hope through God’s promises walked out by His people.
Where Most Needed
Donating to the most needed areas allows Mosaic Vision to be a first responder for the deprived children in these priority regions.
After bringing on sponsored children, the first thing Mosaic Vision achieved in Uganda was building a medical hospital. This hospital performs life-saving surgeries and dispenses the medications that children with HIV need in order to live. This hospital serves the entire community of over 30,000 people. Since the hospital was built, the maternal mortality rate has declined from 30% to 2%, and orphans who used to die without the HIV/AIDS medication now have access to them.
Clean Water Project
Imagine if your child needed water and couldn’t get to it. How tragic to “settle” for muddy water, when your child demands water to survive. But that same water could be what kills him or her. The water supply is full of parasites, is muddy, and difficult and dangerous to access.
The clean water project saves children’s lives by virtually eliminating water-born illnesses that kill millions of children each year. One water tank will supply an entire community with clean, pure rainwater to drink, and eliminate the need for children to walk to dirty, parasite-filled water holes three miles from their homes. No longer do they risk getting typhoid and malaria each time they take a drink or have to fear for their safety, while traveling long distances to search for water.
1.3 billion people worldwide are living on less than $1.25 a day. This is a scale portraying the great levels of poverty. In Uganda, by 2012, 67% lived below the poverty line. Yet, their future can be different with the micro-enterprise program.
When the children enter high school, we start career counseling, and help guide them towards what will help them take care of their own families and become self sufficient.
Select micro-enterprise projects we sponsor through your donations include:
- Coffee growing
- Tailoring shops
- Mechanics shops
- Butcher shops
- Childcare/Nanny businesses
Some of our Mosaic Vision children are very innovative and creative, and if such hardworking entrepreneurs are assisted, they are able to move from dependence to financial self-sustainability. Our micro-enterprise program helps launch small businesses. Once started, each business helps an entire family thrive. The loan will be repaid over time and will fund the next project.
Agricultural projects, such as coffee planting, matoke, Irish potatoes, goats, pigs and cows give children a means for family income that supports their home needs, while attending school, as well as provide a means of support for their future.
Mosaic Vision teaches families to grow healthier by developing food security through provisions of banana seedlings and more productive agricultural practices. We also sensitize the Mosaic Vision families to nutritious, appropriate crops to grow; small animals that are easy to raise; new recipes; and how to cook variations on local recipes, in order to provide more nutritious meals.
Mosaic Vision responds directly to natural and man-made disasters. The two main areas supported by the emergency fund are child abductions and medical emergencies.
Child abductions for the sex trade are always a high risk, especially for our girls. The witch doctors still advise men to sleep with a young virgin to cure AIDS, so protection of our children is an emergency, as well.
School Uniforms and Mosquito Nets
Providing school uniforms gives a child the same confidence to enter school as other children. They help return their dignity, and allow them to be like every other child.
Whereas, providing mosquito nets for children saves lives. Every bed needs a net. Without these nets, children are exposed to malaria, which is spread by mosquitos. Every year millions of children die from complications from malaria.
The majority of orphans affected and infected by HIV/AIDS are subject to abject poverty with no one to turn to. Some resort to drug addiction, alcoholism or sexual perversion, because they are craving love, acceptance and whatever else the world presents to them. Once we have a counseling center, these children can rehabilitate in a place where they can be sheltered from such destructive influences, while receiving help from professional counsellors to preserve lives for the glory of God.