American Foundation for Children with AIDS

The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) is a non-profit organization providing critical comprehensive services to infected and affected HIV+ children and their caregivers. Our programs are efficient, promoting self-reliance and sustainability. Since 2005, in collaboration with our in-country partners, we have served tens of thousands of families in some of the most underserved and marginalized communities in Africa. Our areas of impact include: medical support, livelihoods, educational support and emergency relief.
Feb 25, 2015

Alinaitwe's garden

Alinaitwe in his cabbage patch
Alinaitwe in his cabbage patch

Alinaitwe lives in Uganda with his wife and four children.  When he heard that two children had been orphaned in a village near by, he and his wife decided to adopt the children and give them a home alongside their own kids.  Ana (6 years old now) and Pouline (2.5 years old now) joined their household over a year ago and are being raised as part of a large household.

Due to their decision to help children affected by AIDS and their low socio-economic status, this family was given training in gardening and non genetically-modified seeds: cabbage, tomatoes, spinach, and watermelow. Alinaitwe started their garden by building small nurseries for the seeds/seedlings and then transplanted them to a larger plot of land he is renting.  With much care and with the help of the family, watermelons, spinach, tomatoes and cabbage have been harvested.  They eat a portion of the veggies and some gets sold at the market, helping pay for school fees.

Alinaitwe is so grateful for the gift of seeds!  He knows that the kids will be healthier because of eating good food and he is thrilled to have a little extra income so they can stay in school.  He does say it is very expensive to purchase fertilizers and pesticides, so this is something we need to look at - how to best help families like Alinaitwe's.  

Thank you so much, so much, for allowing Alinaitwe and his wife to look after their family by providing them with healthy food.  They are so happy and plan to expand their garden even further.  They are on a waiting list to receive livestock, as well, giving them the extra push they need to get out of the cycle of extreme poverty.  Thank you for being part of this!

If you'd like to learn more about our work or would like to ask question, please feel free to email me at tweaver@AFCAids.org.  I am happy to share.

Dec 31, 2014

A Broken Heart

My heart is broken in a million tiny, shattered pieces.  I feel such grief that it is hard to write this report.  I've never had to write a report such as this one and it pains me to do so.

Our beautiful Beverlyne is gone.

Thanks to your generosity, we purchased a new leg for our girl and she was thrilled.  She knew that this was going to be a new life for her, allowing her to walk without the assitance of crutches and giving her the chance to return to her job.  She'd be able to manage the rough terrain between the main road and her small home.  Trust me, that trail was a rough one, especially during a rain storm, when the red clay turned into mud and all of us had the most difficult time walking - our shoes sucked into the mud.

We selected a leg made in Germany because of the quality of life Beverlyne could get out of it.  Durable, flexible, excellent.  We sent our girl to another city in Kenya to get fitted because there is a better hospital, one who specializes in prosthetics, and she'd get good care.  Beverlyne was in good spirits are she flew away and was received well by the hospital staff. We talked to her the night she arrived and she was happy and excited to get her new leg fitted and to receiving physical therapy and training on how to use it.  She went to sleep.

Then, we received the call.  

Beverlyne died.  

I am still in shock, as is all the staff in the Mombasa program, where Beverlyne was part of the family of HIV+ children we've cared for during the last 10 years.  We just buried her this past Saturday and can't get over that this young woman who has been through so much is gone. We are told that she died due to dehydration.

Our bright star is no longer, but without a doubt, you gave her hope.  You believed that this girl could move on, literally and figuratively, and you helped provide her with such happiness through the provision of her new leg. Thank you for caring for children like Beverlyne.  I can't thank you enough.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at tweaver@AFCAids.org.

Dec 29, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Dear friends,

What an amazing year it has been for AFCA's children, thanks to YOU!  Because of YOU, thousands of children are thriving and hopeful.  Because of YOU, countless children are healthy and they have returned to school.  Because of YOU, hundreds of children had good food to eat this year.  Because of YOU, hundreds of children have livestock and seeds with which to start small businesses. And because of you, children like Maria not only eat well, but also go to school, dreaming of a future free of poverty. We don't have enough words to thank you for what you've done because it is huge...it is life changing.

Thank you for caring for the little ones we serve and for giving them a brighter future.  You are the ones who allow us to keep working for them, providing them with medicine, medical supplies, clean water, food, school fees and supplies, livestock, seeds, self-reliance and HOPE.

As you make your end of the year giving decisions, please keep us in mind so we can continue helping children in 2015 and beyond.

We wish you the best year ever, full of every blessing and happiness imaginable, knowing you are a hope-giver.  If you'd like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the children you have helped, please contact me at tweaver@AFCAids.org.  I'd love to chat with you!

On behalf of the children,

 

tanya

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