Project Need: $382,123
In June and July 2011 we ran a special ministry to train local volunteers in providing HIV sufferers relief from muscle pain, a side effect of the anti-retrovirals—a prescribed medication.
In early June, Phillip and Rebekah Pickering arrived in Zimbabwe from Australia and we are so thankful for them. They ran physical therapy workshops to provide theoretical and hands-on training including massage, stretching and exercise.
In the three day workshops run over six weeks, at six different rural sites, 153 volunteers were trained to use massage, stretching and exercise to best effect.
Despite varying levels of education and translation issues, the volunteers were extremely enthusiastic and thoroughly enjoyed themselves as they were equipped with these new skills.
Traditional village leaders assured us of their support with local chiefs attending four of the six workshops. At one of the sites, the local chief assisted in handing out certificates to graduating volunteers.
We have been so glad to receive many positive reports from those who have
benefitted from receiving physical therapy.
This project assists people living with HIV and AIDS by training volunteers to minister to sick people and those looking after them.