As part of the care of children with HIV in the community around Kagando, there is a programme of inviting them all, from the tots to the teens, for a day out once a month. It is called “Jajas Day” which means “Grandmother’s Day” as so many of the children’s parents have died from AIDS. Raising the children then becomes the duty of the grandparents.
Their special day out includes lots of good food, games, singing, drama and Bible stories, but also offers health checks and general support. Life for orphaned children with HIV in this very poor environment is tough, but they have this one happy day to look forward to each month.
The older children have recently been given a small piece of Kagando farm land on which they are learning to grow crops. They were very proud of the first water melon that grew and decided to auction it to raise money for more seed.