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.
Jan 28, 2013

The Harvests Have Begun

Tomatoes!
Tomatoes!

I visited the Mombasa project last week in order to see how the garden/agriculture project is coming along and I left dancing and crying tears of joy.  How incredible to see hard work paying off and to know that good things are happening!

The greenhouse at Portriez has already produced 150lbs of tomatoes, with an additional 200lbs expected to be harvested in the next week.  That is colossal!  Think for a moment that tomatoes are imported to Mombasa because they are impossible to grow in the heat, humidity and poor soil of the region.  It is amazing that we can produce this volume of great tomatoes - tasty, colorful, full of vitamins.  Spinach, kale, moringa, cassava, and sweet potatoes have also been harvested from outside the greenhouse where drip irrigation was set up. 

This small piece of land has been producing food to feed those who just can't afford to purchase at the market.  The food is sold at extremely discounted prices so that there is dignity in the purchase of it.  The bits of money that are made are turned into more seed and to upkeep the greenhouse/farm. 

We want to expand.  We need to expand!  How could we not?  This project is such a success that we must reproduce it in the larger piece of land, producing tomatoes, peppers and other difficult to grow foods.  Our dream? 10 greenhouses.  Yep!  Some of the veggies grown will be sold to hotels and restaurants for profit but the rest will be sold at reduced prices for those children and guardians who need food.  If an orphan cannot afford to pay even that, it will be given to them.

Thank you for making this such a successful project, friends!  It truly was inspirational to see what is going on in Portriez and then, to visit with women and toddlers who are doing great due to good food.  Children are gaining weight.  Things are looking good.

With gratitude and a million smiles,

tanya

samuel harvesting tomatoes
samuel harvesting tomatoes
Jan 25, 2013

They Dreamed a Dream

Children, 2 social workers and sweaty me
Children, 2 social workers and sweaty me

I have just returned from Kenya where I met with the children who'll benefit from your generosity.  The two eldest children had been taken out of school a couple of years back because they couldn't afford the fees required of them.  The three youngest school aged children have never been to school.  When I told them all that I thought they'd be able to go to school this year, their little faces brighted and the middle child, Joseph, smiled a sweet, sweet smile.

These kids don't have much...they share a bed in a tiny hovel in a slum of Mombasa.  Today, this very day, they were told that they could go to school for the entire year, that they will have their uniforms, shoes, and books paid for.  That they can continue dreaming of leaving the slum in pursuit of something better.  They know that education is needed for that and they are willing to work hard at it. 

Before leaving their home, I looked at each child in the eyes and asked them to please try their hardest at their school work.  Solemnly, they each shook my hand and promised to do their best.  That is all I want from and for them - their best. 

Thank you, generous donors, for making this dream a reality for these children.  What an amazing 2013 they will have, thanks to you!

On behalf of Osmondi, Lydia, Joseph, Brian, and Rama,

 

tanya

Jan 24, 2013

They are Going to School!!

Sahara with Micael, volunteer and siblings
Sahara with Micael, volunteer and siblings

Friends, you did it!  Your donations are enabling three siblings in Mombasa, Kenya to go to school.  I just returned from Mombasa last night and am so excited to tell you that I had the chance to visit with Sahara, Micael and Brian, along with their younger siblings.  They are soooo excited to go to school!

The kids were sweet, shy, clean, and excited.  They thanked me over and over again for "allowing" them to go to school and told me quietly how they hope to become "someone better" when they are educated.  I could see a fire in their little eyes, an excitement. As I looked around the single room space they call home, I could see why they want an education.  They want to get out of this slum and they want to have a better life than what they currently have.  While their space was clean and orderly, their living situation is not what any child would dream of.  And these kids know that the only way out of a slum is through education that leads to a good job. 

Thank you for making this happen, friends.  Thank you for caring enough that you'd donate to allow these kids to have a chance at a future.

On their behalf,

tanya

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