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.
Apr 8, 2013

Rabbits arrived in Zimbabwe

Spiwe with some of the children
Spiwe with some of the children

Chiyedza is a rabbit owner.  In fact, she owns a few rabbits, thanks to the fact that rabbits multiply like...well, rabbits. 

Chiyedza is part of a family in Coronation in Zimbabwe and she is cared for by Spiwe along with Jefta, Fadzai and
Nathan. Spiwe and the children are very happy with the rabbit project. Spiwe is looking forward to having a sustainable life with her family through the project. She is using the money from the project to pay school fees and buy food. She is very grateful with the assistance she received.

Spiwe wants to use rabbit manure in her field to improve the soil fertility, although this season she is not expecting to get anything from her fields due to the effects of climate change and the lack of rain.

Spiwe’s house was destroyed by a cyclone which hit southern parts of Zimbabwe this year. Right now she and the children are living in one of the remaining huts. “My house was destroyed by the cyclone but now God has remembered me through AFCA. The other thing I want is to be a good farmer.”

Spiwe and her children are thankful for the rabbit project. They are hopeful for a complete change in their lives.  And, little Chiyedza is thrilled to hold the bunnies and to see them grow.  She can't wait to have a large warren!

Mar 6, 2013

They Got Their Goats!

Daya and her family
Daya and her family

After receiving various trainings in husbandry and basic veterinary skills, Daya and her siblings received three pregnant goats! I had the pleasure of being there when the goats were given to the children and I couldn't have been happier.  What an exciting moment for us all, but surely, the most excited were the children who were just so eager to take their new animals home.

The children wore their best clothes for the occassion and showed up early, right where they'd been told to come.  The goat pen at home was ready and had been inspected by the trainers and all was in order.  There was nothing left to do but to hug the children, congratulate them, tag the goats' ears, vaccinate the animals, and hand them over.  Shy Daya was over the moon, as were the other kids - they know they have a future. They can raise these animals and can breed them and can grow a flock.  They can drink the milk for the time being and can use the manure to fertilize the seeds in their garden (we gave them seeds, too).  Later, when the flock is older and more mature, they will give three pregnant female goats to another orphan family and the rest are theirs.  They can barter, sell or eat some of them, while allowing the babies to grow and mature. Really, this is life-changing!

Thank you for being part of this project and for changing the life of a small family in Masvingo, Zimbabwe.

Feb 14, 2013

Grace Goes to School

Grace - smiling and happy
Grace - smiling and happy

Grace is an 11 year old girl from the Kiembeni area of Mombasa and has been seen at the Mbungoni, where she goes monthly for checkups and to receive medication. Her mother Rose is also HIV+.

Grace is an active member of the junior youth support group, which meets once a month. This group of kids gets to spend time together with no stigma issues.  They enjoy play, a meal, and good time with friends.  They also
receive education on things like adherence (they must take their medicine even if they are feeling better), disclosure (when do you tell a child they are positive? When does that child share with friends?), stigma and cleanliness.   So far, Grace has been adhering well to the drugs, even when she is healthy and feels fine.   We trust this will continue!

Grace is in form 4 at her school and she was worried about not being able to continue school because she was behind on her feed.  Now, with her school dues paid, she was very grateful for that support and to continue in school.  She is a good student, studying and finishing her work on time.  She is another child who knows that her
education and how well she does will affect her ability to leave the cycle of poverty, so she tries very hard to get good marks and to do her studies. 

Besides school fees, Grace also benefited from the gift a bed, a mattress and a mosquito net, as she was sleeping on the floor, unprotected.  Her mom is receiving trainings on prevention  with  positives and nutrition and is visited in their home for more counseling sessions to enable them adhere well  to treatment. Her mother sells green
vegetables door to door, which is where she gets money to pay for rent and meet other basic needs.  

Thank you for supporting Grace!


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