Damien & Laura, SOWO Volunteers from Poland

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Meet Laura & Damien from Poland. On 30th May they arrived in Nairobi and received by SOWO Chairman Mr. Peter Ndier and Mr. Ken. For 16 days, hosted by SOWO Patron, Mama Sarah Obama, Laura and Damien spent time in Kogelo involved in SOWO activities in support of orphans and widows. The visit was an exposure to them to learn the current condition orphaned children face. Issues with severe poverty, loneliness and worries about tomorrow and consistent lack of money that has exposed these vulnerable children to many risks was a major phenomena in their experience.
The HIV/AIDS pandemic steals from the human development and wipes out decades of investments in education. It’s created server loss of breadwinners, head of households, professionals and resources. This has to a growth in number of orphans, and this factor makes fighting of the pandemic more taxing.

Their visit to Kibera on 18th June was an uttermost exposure. Laura and Damien learnt the problems faced by orphans and families as a result of the pandemic in the slums:-

  • Children withdraw from school
  • Inadequate food
  • Problems with shelter & material needs
  • Reduced access to health services
  • Discrimination & exploitative child labour
  • Life on the street.

HIV/AIDS has got server implications on the lives of AIDS orphans, caregivers and the community at large. With the best interest of orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in mind, SOWO Foundation believes in the importance of support services and care in supporting the needs of orphans, families and communities to enable them build up their capacity to confront the disease. Children affected have a right to basic needs, education, health care, family care and protection.

Laura and Damien shared their time and talents unselfishly, SOWO Foundation would like to acknowledge their contributions and let them know they are valued. Their efforts on accomplishing SOWO’s goal is equally essential.
The SOWO Volunteer program is a unified initiative that rely on volunteer help to achieve significant community-development.
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