And she’s especially proud of herself on this day – she has just harvested and sold 10 bags of green lentils, which meant she could cover her eldest son’s high school fees.
As Halima leaves a little later, she breathes a happy sigh – she loves her work. She loves seeing families thrive despite the devastation of HIV and AIDS. Because she knows exactly how hard it is.
Halima, a single mother of four, has also taken in her sisters’ three children after she passed away from AIDS-related illnesses. All three children are HIV-positive.
And, thanks to Halima and all that she’s learnt, all seven children are thriving.
On her way to her next appointment, Halima passes a school she visits nearly every week to educate parents about children’s needs. “I’m proud to see that the parents in the village understand the importance of growth monitoring, and that they are interested in their children`s school performance and attendance,” she says.
Halima’s next client, Mwau, is a widowed father of four, and he’s waiting for Halima when she arrives. His wife died four years ago. “When one parent dies, it gets even more difficult to take care of the family,” he says. He has a 16-year-old daughter and three sons, 8, 12 and 14.
Mwau has participated in several of ChildFund’s workshops – on child rights, nutrition, health and economic empowerment. With other farmers, he’s a member of one of ChildFund`s village savings and loan groups. The men are also working together to find better markets for their wares.