Sharing the joy of a healthy family life
We met Gloria in June 2016. She came to St Kizito Clinic with two of her youngest children. Her little girl was anaemic, had an oedema, a distended abdomen and she was severely malnourished. Her boy was also malnourished with swollen face, hands and feet.
She was also weak, with a slight mental disability, due to a car accident which happened a few years earlier.
She was scared, lonely, hopeless. Her husband, who collects money at the bus stops from commercial bus drivers, showed little interest in their four children welfare. He hardly coped with the situation and easily became violent at the slightest provocation, leaving them weeks without support.
Loving Gaze enrolled the youngest children in the St Kizito Nutrition Centre program, providing them health care and appropriate nutrition support. While Gloria started the Women Empowerment program, participating to the vocational skills training.
In the meanwhile our social workers reached out to Gloria’s husband offering their support, listening to his needs and concern. He realised how needed he was at home and how much his alcohol abuse was jeopardising his family.
During our latest home visit he said: “I am so happy to see my wife living a normal life and my children not only looking healthy, but also full of energy to play around in the community”.
Gloria’s family faced unbearable hurdles but they are now looking at their future with new hope and with the feeling they are not alone anymore.