The day was commenced with Devotions where Susan, one of the mothers encouraged her peers to put their trust in the Lord and rely on him for everything. She referenced the study from Psalms 123. After the devotions, two participants shared their testimonies; one was so thankful for the release of her husband which greatly encouraged the rest of the caretakers and the second participant was an Ex-Prisoner who encouraged the rest of the participants to pray for their imprisoned relatives because with time they come out of prison.
Mrs Ssuubi said that the topics that would be taught would change our minds; their attitude towards work, life and other issues so that they could go back in their societies and transform them.
Esther urged participants to do the business perfectly with interest and love, have customer care, have commitment and overcome fear. She also advised participants to always do a survey in their areas before they start up a business.
After the session, the caregivers showed enthusiasm to go back in their communities and utilize the resources they had to start or boost their businesses.
Some of the responses from the caregivers after the workshop included;
“I am so grateful that I participated in this workshop, it’s my first time to attend this workshop, it’s been the best and I am eager to learn more the next day” said Silvano, a grandfather of 2 children under Wells of Hope.
“I want to thank Wells of Hope for loving us to teach these wonderful topics, I have indeed learnt a lot, I do weave handbags and money purses so I have learnt how to look for market, how to treat my customers and the next time I come here, I swear I will have a testimony about a change in my business” said Deborah a mother of a child under Wells of Hope.
During the devotions, Iryn a mother of a child under Wells of Hope shared about worrying. She encouraged the participants to thank God for their lives & families because not everyone had been able to stay alive. She referenced her preaching from the bible scripture Matthew 6:25-26 from which she said that if God could take care of the birds in the air, then He was more than able to do so to human beings as well. She encouraged the participants to put their trust in God, to be thankful and surrender all their sorrows to God.
During the session, Ellen explained the Wells of Hope Intervention Model to the caregivers.
They taught the mothers the need for knowing their Sero status and how they could prevent themselves from acquiring the HIV virus. Dr. Ashiraf took the participants through an interactive session of what HIV & AIDs is, how HIV&AIDS is acquired and how we could avoid it.
Dr Ashiraf emphasized the need to test for HIV because it helps to keep one safe from acquiring the HIV virus and keeps one’s consciousness clear; not worried if they had or didn’t have it. Out of the 32 participants 26 tested for HIV & AIDs. He also taught about cervical cancer where he said cervical cancer is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) virus. Other causes included having many sexual partners, smoking, taking birth control pills, and engaging in early sexual contact. He said that HPV infection could cause cervical dysplasia, or abnormal growth of cervical cells.
Dr Ashur encouraged the female participants to test since the screening was free as was being provided by Wells of Hope and it was being brought nearer to them. He said that in most hospitals, such screening was at a fee which in most cases was not affordable for low income earners so such an opportunity ought to be utilized. Seven clients turned for breast and cervical cancer screening, five of them were negative with no signs and no one with posture signs for breast cancer, two female clients turned out with positive signs and were referred for further investigation; he noted that the two clients with positive signs on screening didn’t have cancer simply they have positive signs on their cervix.
All throughout the workshop, the sessions were interactive. The caregivers were refreshed with a appetizing breakfast and lunch. The day was concluded with a closing prayer from a participant after which participants departed to their different areas of residences.