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LifeStitches Uganda: End of Year Updates


December, 2017 - World AIDS Day salutes the ongoing battle against HIV that globally infects 34.5 million adults and children. LifeStitches Uganda strives to decrease the burden of AIDS for

HIV -positive women and AIDS Orphans living in West Nile Uganda. If you have received this newsletter, you've helped our mission! Our sincere thanks!

Global AIDS Today

Each day in 2017 saw approximately 5000 new HIV infections among adults and children with the majority (64%) living in sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS and its complications remains the second leading cause of death for women 15-24 years in Africa.

The good news is that through testing, treatment and prevention there have been significant gains in the AIDS battle. From 2010 to 2016, Uganda saw a decrease in new HIV infections (26,000 to 4,600, respectively) and an increase in coverage of pregnant women in PMTCT (44% to 89%, respectively).

Read more: UNAIDS Global Report 2017

LifeStitches vs AIDS Stigma

" ... many women living with HIV are hesitant to disclose their HIV status due to fear of negative outcomes such as violence, abandonment, relationship dissolution and stigma" (WHO 2015).

LifeStitches has continued in 2017 helping HIV-positive women overcome AIDS Stigma with three self- sustaining sewing workshops located in Maracha and Arua.

Additionally, we use donor dollars to support our mothers in :

AIDS orphan school uniform program

Literacy classes

Bike Repair Shop start-up business

'Ride to Own' bike program

Read more: AIDS stigma barriers, WHO 2017

Next Step- WASH! (Water and Sanitation Hygiene)

AIDS Orphan School Program

We are off to a great start with the outreach social programs for the AIDS Orphan girls at Ruva Primary Spring 2017.

Now LifeStitches is ready to begin work on improving the poor clean water and latrine conditions at the school. We are partnering with the Rotary Arua and Rotary Space Center Houston to assist this endeavor which will tackle repair and rebuilding of latrines, a clean water borehole, water tanks and hand washing wash stands and teacher housing on the school grounds.

We would greatly appreciate any End of Year Donations to help start this work in 2018.

LifeStitches Program Update: Bike Repair Shops, Craft Store and Uniform Program

Breaking Sterotypes! Women Run Bike Repair Shops Now UnderwayWe began March 2015 with a small group of mothers at both the Workshops in Arua and Maracha hired instructors, build stools to sit on, acquired tools and tool box. Eventually the mothers requested ‘coveralls’ so they could get down to work on the bikes… not possible [...]

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LifeStitches Uganda Project Update: Bike Fixing Program

Here's recent letter from Uganda. The LifeStitches Uganda Project we support helps women with HIV and AIDS earn money to support their children. Bicycles have helped women travel from their small villages to the LifeStitches workshops where they make napkins and other linens. Dr. Kate Gnauck from New Mexico and now traveling in Uganda sent [...]

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LifeStitches Uganda Project Making a Difference in People's Lives

The LifeStitches Uganda Project is a program begun by an American, Dr. Katie Gnauck from New Mexico to help HIV positive women and AIDS orphans in Uganda. The women are taught sewing skills from which they earn money and respect and are able to help support their families.In the past year with the help of [...]

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Two Medical Students Start Bike Sharing Program for LifeStitch Workers in Uganda

Maracha is the town in Uganda where the second LifeStitches Project opened in November 2012. It is very rural and consists of a small community gathered around St. Josephs Hospital, government buildings and a market place. Most of the Workshop mothers live in villages around Maracha. The more rural the setting the more stigma these [...]

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All the Best from a Tiny Corner of Uganda. Fighting AIDS Stigma One Step at a Time

Fulfilling a goal to reach out into rural areas devastated by AIDS, the LifeStitches Maracha sewing workshop opened in November 2012. Eighteen months later it is brimming at the seams with HIV-positive women eager to learn sewing skills to better their lives and those of their children. The mothers have become very proficient in [...]

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Proceeds From Artisan Napkins To Help African AIDS Victims

Join us in helping women and children with AIDS in Africa. Frontier Soups has partnered with LifeStitches to showcase beautiful table linens made by African women with AIDS to help support their families and pay for treatment. The colorful napkins they sew are made of high quality wax cotton and are available in bundles [...]

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