The workshop/training was aimed at helping wives of prisoners and their children protect themselves from acquiring HIV/AIDS. It was also aimed at ensuring families of incarcerated people are qualified and equipped by the word of God that will enable them reach out using the same message to community members in a bid to prevent further spread of HIV/AIDS.
There were 45 participants of the workshop and these were Prisoners' Spouses, mainly wives. The workshop was based on United Bible Society HIV Resource booklet "Where is the Good Samaritan today" which combines basic information on HIV and AIDS appropriate biblical passages mainly the Good Samaritan Story in the Bible in Luke 10:25-37.
There were different activities which included; Devotions, Group Work, Testimonies and Counseling Sessions like VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing). We had two resources persons Dr.Kakoraki a Doctor who works with Prisons and Lucy Kudda a Nurse who is also an HIV/AIDS counselor, whose also a self confessing HIV+ person living positively. The participants were served with sumptuous meals including, Breakfast and Lunch (Buffet), all courtesy of The Bible Society of Uganda. Wives of prisoners shared stories of how they suffered because of having their husbands in prison; most of them had got HIV/AIDS as a result. Due to poverty, some men had manipulated them in the guise of helping them and infected them. We hope to meet them often so that we can help them to cope, empower them and offer general support. TASO (The Aids Support Organisation) carried out HIV testing which helped them to know their sero status.
With the availed information, the members who were present were urged to share the information with other community members (Community Engagement).
Participants thanked Wells of Hope and Bible Society of Uganda for hosting them.