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.
Dec 31, 2013

More Porridge Is Distributed

Arrival of porridge to a village
Arrival of porridge to a village

Fortified porridge has been distributed in our Mayezane and Mahwanke sites. This was in response to the biting famine which has affected the Matabeleland, Masvingo and Midlands provinces. On average, the selected orphan families have been having one meal per day, a situation that has seen school authorities complain that the children are not concentrating during classes while some have collapsed in assemble lines.

The community and traditional leaders said that this kind of help has in reality prevented imminent deaths which were about to occur in the areas and they are immensely grateful for the trucks that arrive with 50lb bags of porridge to deliver relief to countless orphaned families per village. The headmaster of one of the schools in the site said this kind of intervention will see an improvement in school attendance and performance by the benefiting children.

We are so grateful to each of you who have given selflessly to give life and hope to children who were going to bed hungry, whose eyes were starting to glass over and whose bellies were never full.  Thank you for not only helping the children, but also the widown and elderly guardians who take care of them.  Thank you for caring for children like Chizani.  Because of you, she will return to school as soon as her energy picks back up.  What a GREAT way for her to start the New Year.

May 2014 treat be amazing to each of you.

Chizani eating porridge
Chizani eating porridge
Dec 31, 2013

Porridge Was Distributed

Isabel and kids
Isabel and kids


Isabel Dube is a sickly widow who has been looking after Thandeka and Thabelani since the death of their parents a few years ago.  This family received three goats last year as part of our Livelihoods Project. Sadly, one goat died of tick-borne disease and the family thought their project was collapsing.  But, thankfully, the other two goats gave birth and, presently the family has four healthy goats. Thabelani is so excited about the kids who he says are adorable and full of energy. He went further to say, "when the other goat died, it was very painful to me and I thought our project was failing.  Seeing these kids has renewed my hope and I know with proper care from us, this project is going places and that we will be fine."

Isabel couldn't be more grateful for the gift of porridge she and the children received this month.  She said the fortified porridge at this time is a miracle to her and her family. She pointed out that her health was deteriorating due to a very poor diet and that her children were also struggling, thinking of quitting school because they were getting too weak to walk the two miles to school. She said the porridge will strengthen the children who were looking weak and demotivated and that she, too, will regain strength quickly.  

"Thank you for caring and for sending us this gift", she said and we pass on these sentiments to you, the donors who made this happen.

Thank you so much for giving life and hope to our kids, friends!  Becauese of you, over 110 children and their guardians will receive food for a month.  What a New Year gift that is!

Dec 11, 2013

Carolyne Understands

Carolyne and four of her children.
Carolyne and four of her children.

Her name is Carolyne and she is 48 years old.  She lives in one of Mombas, Kenya's slums and every single day of her life, she prays for an ease to her difficulties.  She hopes for a better life for her 5 children and the pressure of raising them alone mounts as the children get older and they need to go to school.  A widow since her youngest was in her womb, Carolyne has felt the brunt of hunger, need, and desperation for a long, long time.

Now, though, thanks to YOU, the children and Carolyne are eating better.  Why?  Because Carolyne received budgeting training and is one of the women who has started a small business thanks to our greenhouse project. Yes, every day, she helps harvest vegetables grown inside and outside the greenhouse including tomatoes, peppers, kale, cow peas, onions, and squashes.  She buys the produce at a deeply discounted price and resells it in the market.  The money she pays for the produce is saved by our project for next year's seeds and for future repairs on the greenhouse.  Any money she earns is hers to keep!

Now earning approximately $40 per week, Carolyne can feed her children and they can go to school. Just like a mom, any mom, anywhere in the world, she is thrilled that her kids are full and that their future looks brighter.  She is looking forward to expanding her business and is just thrilled to think that her children have a future that includes schooling and that they will have the possibility of leaving the slum.

During this holiday season know that you have been an instrument of change in Carolyne and her children's lives.  What a legacy!

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