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13 May

Care packages for Less Fortunate Mothers suffering from HIV. Happy Mother’s Day

RSD Shipping Agency in collaboration with Sarah’s Children care packages for Less Fortunate Mothers suffering from HIV. Happy Mother’s Day

Still victims of stigmatisation some 40 years after HIV was first discovered in humans in the United States, 25 western Jamaica girls and women living with the disease were recipients of Mother’s Day care packages this past weekend.

The recipients, aged 14 to 31 and who hail from the parishes of St James and Hanover, were surprised with care packages of uncooked Rainforest Seafoods oxtail, shrimp, fish, pasta, and potato wedges, enough to feed families of as many as 10, courtesy of Montego Bay-based charity Sarah’s Children, in partnership with RSD Shipping Agency Jamaica Limited.

“The idea is to get the ladies to prepare the meal with their families on Sunday,” Sarah’s Children’s Pamella Findley stated on Saturday during the presentation outside the Rainforest facility in Montego Freeport.

The girls and women, all attached to the Eve for Life programme – some pregnant, others out of jobs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis – admitted that this has been a very difficult period.

“Not only have many of them lost their jobs, but their spouses have lost theirs, too,” Eve for Life’s Samantha Williams revealed, adding that the initiative would show them that, particularly on Mother’s Day, they were not alone in their struggles.

ON THE SAME LEVEL

Sonia Clarke Bowen, managing director at RSD Shipping, a mother herself who reached out to Sarah’s Children with the partnership idea, pointed out that her Christian principles taught her that “God has all of us on the same level”.

Clarke Bowen said just seeing the smiles on the faces of the young women warmed her heart.

Many of the women were sexually abused in their teen years, a number of them by close family members, while at least one of the recipients, a 21-year-old mother, has been carrying the disease since birth. Her mother, who transmitted the virus through pregnancy, died 19 years ago.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20200511/hiv-positive-women-get-helping-hand-mothers-day

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