The Prelate has hailed the organization’s clients for their positive attitude, which has enabled them to prevail over the stigma and discrimination that is associated to HIV/AIDS.
The Papal Nuncio in Uganda, Archbishop Michael August Blume has commended the stake-holders of Reach Out Mbuya for their strong commitment and support to the HIV/AIDS infected and affected persons.
The Prelate has also hailed the organization’s clients for their positive attitude, which has enabled them to prevail over the stigma and discrimination that is associated to HIV/AIDS.
“Last year I had the opportunity to visit Banda site, where I met some of you. I acknowledge that your good spirit has not disappeared. Despite the challenges that you are going through, you have continued to fight HIV/AIDS with full hope and determination. I know some of you were told that you were going to die very soon. It is now ten years since then but you are still prevailing. Reach Out Mbuya has given you resurrection. Continue to strengthen each other in the Lord. It is him who gives life,” he observed.
Archbishop Blume made the remarks during his pastoral visit to Reach Out Mbuya HIV/AIDS Initiative, in Mbuya, on Wednesday.
During the visit, Blume toured the various departments of the organisation and also interacted with its clients and staff members.
The Executive Director of Reach Out Mbuya, Dr. Betty Nsangi informed the Nuncio that the organization opted for a holistic approach to the treatment and care of its clients.
“We give a holistic model of care to our 8,000 clients, putting into consideration their physical, spiritual, psychological, social, family, and community needs. We pay school fees for orphans and also support child-headed families. We also give economic empowerment to our clients and non-clients through our Village Savings and Loans Association,” she said.
During his visit, the Nuncio also blessed clients and various facilities of the organisation. The Nuncio was later treated to cultural music/dance performances by the organisation’s affiliate talents club.
The organisation’s Board Chairman, Fr. John Mungereza also graced the function.
Facts about Reach Out Mbuya
The HIV/AIDS organisation Reach Out Mbuya was founded in 2001 by the late Fr. Joseph Archetti, an Italian Comboni Missionary and former parish priest of Mbuya Catholic parish.
Today it cares for over 8,000 HIV/AIDS infected and affected clients.
It also provides school fees for over 932,000 orphans.
The organisation currently has 12 mobile clinics and 4 static sites at Mbuya, Banda, Kinnawattaka and Kasaala, in Luweero district.