American Foundation for Children with AIDS

The mission of the American Foundation for Children with AIDS is to improve the lives of children and youth struggling with the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We provide cost effective relief, services, medical and social support, education and advocacy to help these victims achieve their full life potential.
Oct 1, 2014

And the food keeps growing

Women taking corn to sell in their businesses
Women taking corn to sell in their businesses

I find myself laughing out loud.  Not a crazy laugh, but rather, a laugh of joy.  The kind that you can't contain, even when you are on your own and you just feel a little bubble of happiness come up from your belly until it gets so big, it comes out as laughter.  I laugh because this project is AMAZING.

The veggies just keep coming and the harvests are fantastic.  Maize, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant - all are being harvested weekly.  A large portion of the veggies are sold to restaurants, hotels and at the market.  The proceeds help with the costs to run programs for children affected and/or infected by AIDS.  A smaller portion is sold at a subsidized cost so that mothers can run small businesses and resell in the open market.  Another portion is given to malnourished children.  This is wonderful and we are so grateful that our little farm is doing so much.

Besides the veggies and fruit, the farm also has goats, chickens, guinea fowl, and rabbits - all to support the kids in our Mombasa program.  How cool is that?  Thank YOU for being part of this program...we coudn't do it without you.

Daniel, the farm manager is thrilled to have a new place to call home, too.  We are building him a nice, safe little house which he'll share with other farm workers.  This will allow them to cut out travel time and to enjoy the fruit of their labor (pun intended).  It is a huge benefit for these guys to have housing and food as part of their salary, so we are happy to be able to help them in this small way.  We hope to keep these guys with us for a long time, as they are dedicated and hard working, knowing that their labor is benefiting children in their communities. 

The big concern raised a few times today is the need for a truck, which will take all the veggies and fruit to market.   Right now, we are renting a truck to move the produce to market, but we really need to purchase a truck. I am trying to think creatively to see what we can do while we try to raise the funds needed for such a huge purchase (about $25k for a used truck).  If anyone out there has great ideas, let me know - tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

Daniel and his record book
Daniel and his record book
Oct 1, 2014

Fields of Hope

Othiliah
Othiliah

Primrose is an 11 year old girl.


Anabel is a 10 year old girl.


Limpert is a 6 year old girl.


Eric is a 1 year old boy.


What do they have in common? All four children are HIV positive. And all four children are orphans sharing a home with 55 year old Othiliah. There is more, they are a family blessed beyond words by your generosity!
Othiliah tells us about the porridge they received ...


"The corn soya blend is a great blessing for my family. We were feeling the pressure of our hunger, and considered eating field produce which has not matured. With this porridge, the children will be able to go to school full and very strong. The harvest in the fields will not be compromised as we wait until the crops mature."


Can you imagine facing such a decision? The hunger of your family must weigh heavily on your heart. Othiliah was considering compromising their crops when hope arrived in the form of porridge. Thank you for being a part of the hope that saved this family's crop and staved their hunger. Your generosity is felt each day that Primrose, Anabel and Limpert are able to attend school with full bellies.


Would you like to learn more about our projects and the work we are doing every day? Please write us at tweaver@AFCAids.org. And, check us out on Facebook and Twitter and see what else AFCA is up to (@AFCAids).

Oct 1, 2014

Training Leaves Little Room for Failure

Othiliah
Othiliah

Meet Othiliah, a 55 year old guardian. She takes her reponsibility to heart in caring for the four children in her care.  She shares her home with Primrose (age 11), Anabel (age 10), Limpert (age 6) and Eric (age 1).  They are a family bound by Othiliah's love and dedication.

Othiliah and the children have been blessed beyond words by your generosity!  She tells us about the rabbits they received back in 2012 ...

"We are enjoying the fruits of the project.  We have sold six rabbits and we managed to buy uniforms and pay school fees for the children.  So far we have slaughtered five rabbits as relish and the whole family enjoys the meat.  This is the best project.  I wonder why other people struggle, because if you apply what is taught during training and report quickly if a rabbit is not well, there is no room for failure.  This is a project I cannot stop talking about! "

Thank you for being a part of the hope that keeps this family going.  Can you imagine 6 rabbits helping to provide school fees and uniforms?  Amazing!  Your generosity is felt each day that Primrose, Anabel and Limpert are able to attend school.


Would you like to learn more about our projects and the work we are doing every day? Please write us at tweaver@AFCAids.org. And, check us out on Facebook and Twitter and see what else AFCA is up to (@AFCAids).

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