MOZ 13 - HAKUMANA CENTER, GOOD SAMARITAN
The project is carried out in the Hakumana Center in Maputo, which, in the Xangana language, means "welcome, family, hearth", and which is a day center where mothers with HIV-positive children find hospitality.
The center was founded in 2008 by the Confederation of Catholic Associations present in Mozambique (CIRM-CONFEREMO), and since then has been offering food, health-psychological, information and rehabilitation support to many families living in Bairro Maxaquene, one of the various suburbs that develop on the outskirts of the city of Maputo.
AIDS is a disease that stigmatizes the sick very much, in Mozambique it is considered a real damnation and the patient is often repudiated by his family and abandoned to his fate. It is also a social problem that has devastating consequences on the community, which lacks strong arms for work in the fields, which leaves orphans and widows, becoming a cost for the entire community.
There are several actions aimed at stemming the transmission of the virus and sensitizing the population to prevention and protection of itself and others. Preventing transmission therefore becomes the strategy where efforts must become intense and repeated, we must make people aware that we cannot afford to turn such a pandemic into a taboo, nor let ourselves be frightened to the point of hiding it, pretending that it does not exist. Moreover, the patient must not be considered a "condemned to death", but integrated into the community, supported, helped and supported both medically and morally.
The project provides support to 500 AIDS patients, mostly women and children, often orphans, malnourished and themselves HIV-positive, ensuring them medicines, food, shelter and a little weekly sustenance to help the most needy with the payment of rent or with the renovation of their homes.
At the center it is also possible to follow cutting and sewing courses to learn a trade, information courses on illness and hygiene, have support and psychological guidance and children are guaranteed the right to study with school reinforcement and literacy courses.
- Inform about the development of the disease to avoid unnecessary stigmatization and prevent its transmission
- Improve nutrition for HIV-positive mothers and babies
- Support with medicines and hygiene products the people most in need
Direct: about 500 AIDS patients
Indirect: their families and society
Referent sister for the project: Sr. Angelina Zenti