Against all odds, HIV-positive single mother gains strength to care for her own children

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In this world, you need money to do pretty much anything. You can’t survive very long without income or someone else to take care of you.

So what would happen to your children if you were a single parent who fell desperately ill and had to go into the hospital? If there were no family or friends to lean on, how would the kids survive?

This happened to Jane, a Kenyan mother living with HIV (above, lying down).

Suffering from low immunity and the inability to eat, Jane was admitted to the hospital. Her three children had no one to care for them, and they soon ran out of food. Desperate, Douglas (16), Martha (10) and Alomano (5) took to the streets as a last resort.

Unfortunately, FH staff didn’t find the children until after Martha had been sexually assaulted. They admitted her to a Christian rehabilitation agency for six weeks. The boys were safely returned home and provided food and periodic visits. They were enabled to go to school, and FH staff consistently visited Jane in the hospital.

The staff prayed with Jane, studied the Bible, and provided moral and emotional support which actually canslow the progression of the virus.
After one month, she was strong enough to return home to her children.

With medical support and nutritional counseling from FH, Jane gained new perspectives on how to care for her family.
(Jane [left] talks with an FH staff member while her kids look on.)

FH trained Jane on gardening and animal husbandry. Her garden provides better nutrition for her and her children, and she sells the extra crops to meet her family’s basic needs.

An FH volunteer helps Jane (left) and her son, Alomano,
harvest vegetables during a routine visit.
Jane (center) received a chicken from FH, and she later purchased
more chickens and a cow with her own saved money.
With a little training and a lot of compassion from FH staff, Jane, a woman with all odds stacked against her, now is able to care for her own children and actually has become an encouragement to other HIV-positive parents in her community.