The National, Tuesday 17th July, 2012
LIVES of seven-year-old Israel Roniel and his mum has been made easier, thanks to the generosity of some people.
The family was given a hygiene kit that has now enabled Israel, who has disability, to shower at their home instead of his mum having to carry him some distance to a river to wash.
The kit includes a shower bucket, shower-hose, laundry bucket, plastic bed covers, hand gloves and other items to help people like guardians and carers of people living with disabilities and HIV/AIDS.
Israel’s mum Verolyn had tears in her eyes and was lost for words when a team from Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV) community and regional development health visited her home to deliver the kit last week.
The kit was provided by the Morobe Provincial AIDS Committee and MMJV helped deliver it as part of its healthy community programme.
MMJV CRD health superintendent Dr Thomas Vinit said the kit was provided free with the aim of minimising stigma and discrimination against people with special needs.
Like Verolyn, the relatives of two others in Israel’s situation in Sambio in Middle Watut area, Morobe, used the river for their unfortunate ones.
They too received the kits with a sense of gratitude and relief.
Nedec Gwamlambi, in her late 70s and battling bone cancer, said the personal hygiene kit meant her children didn’t have to carry her to the river every day.
MMJV employees in Lae also had the opportunity to learn about the hygiene kits through an awareness conducted by the Salvation Army HIV/AIDS team.