In August 2005, The Baobab Home revived the Breakfast Program of a Tanzanian NGO called SOCAC (The Society for Orphan Care and AIDS Control) based in Bagamoyo. SOCAC’s program had stopped due to a lack of funds, but Baobab volunteer Carissa Guild helped us to get the program started again. The Breakfast Program accomplishes the goal of serving a nutritious meal to vulnerable members of the Bagamoyo community.
Currently, we serve “uji” four mornings a week at the Care and Treatment Center at the Bagamoyo District Hospital. Approximately 30-50 individuals are provided breakfast on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays when they come to the hospital to pick up HIV/AIDS medications. Baobab volunteers serve breakfast, converse with patients, and help entertain the children of patients.
In addition to providing a direct benefit to HIV/AIDS patients in Bagamoyo, the Breakfast Program is a valuable part of the Baobab Home’s operations, as it allows us to stay in close contact with vulnerable individuals who may need additional aid and to maintain a strong presence in the community.
In keeping with our ongoing commitment to HIV positive children , we recently began a youth group with children we have met through the CTC. The monthly meetings consist of singing, dancing, motivational talks, and questing and answer sessions. We provide a safe environment for HIV positive children to discuss their feeling, connect with others affected by HIV, and ask health and social questions. Our goal is to empower and educate the youth while aiding in defeating the shame currently associated with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania.
The Program Through The Years