Just over two years after the Damafalls branch of the Life Empowerment Support Organization Care Trust (L.E.S.O.), was launched, the voluntary organization has now launched phase 2 of the same branch.
Highlighting the organisationâ€™s activities, Executive Director and founder, Ms Olive Mutabeni who herself has been living positively with HIV for the past 16 years said, despite not having funds L.E.S.O has managed to train 40 Home Based Care givers in addition to HIV positive clients who have been trained in life support skills such as Mushroom growing, shoe polish making and petroleum jelly making.
Â â€œL.E.S.O is an ogarnization run by those living positive and was initiated by two nursesâ€¦.we train them in income generating projects like,â€said Ms Mutabeni.
The launch coincided with the issuing of certificates in various disciplines of life support skills by Guest of Honor and Health Advisor in the Presidentâ€™s Office Dr. Timothy Stamps who reaffirmed governmentâ€™s commitment to helping and caring for people living with the virus citing the launch as a very important step in making the lives of HIV positive people in the area better.
Â â€œAs government we are committed to giving care to the vulnerableâ€¦..thatâ€™s the importance of this day,â€added Dr. Stamps.
L.E.S.O is the brain child of Ms Mutabeni and Mrs. Rosa Mufunde who are both qualified nurses, midwives and professional counselors living openly with HIV. L.E.S.O was formed in March 2008 and now has four branches, namely Seke District, Zengeza/St.Marys, Damafalls and Crowborough.