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.
Oct 9, 2013

25,000 HIV tests

Tested mom and baby
Tested mom and baby

So many  mothers find themselves in the horrible position of wondering, wondering, wondering.  They wonder if they are HIV+.  They wonder if the baby in their belly is, as well.  They aren't sure...they have an idea that their husband has been unfaithful and he doesn't look as well as he usually does, but what does that mean?  Is he simply going through a bad patch in life or has he contracted the virus that puts fear in everyone's heart?

A mom wonders - what should I do?  What is the best thing to do for myself and this tiny baby who is about to be born?  And, if she decides that yes, she will take the test to determine her HIV status, she wonders how she'll pay for it. And, what happens if she IS positive?  how will she pay for the medicine she will need?  For the medicine the baby will need, if she, too, is positive?

We at AFCA give these moms options to help them have an easier time as they make this very brave and oftentimes, lonely, decision.  First, they are encouraged to attend counseling with their spouse.  If they do, and even if they don't, they are told that we can provide the tests for them for free.  Yes, FREE testing for them and for their baby at birth.  And, if they happen to be HIV+, they will receive the care they need in order to live a long, healthy life for many years to come.  Counseling is, of course, part of the package, which moms everywhere appreciate beyond words.

Just last week we sent 25,000 HIV testing kits to Uganda, thanks to your donations.  Isn't that wonderful?  Tell you what - the women and children who received tests thing YOU are wonderful for caring enough to give them a chance and to give them a reason to decide that it is a good idea to get tested. 

Thank you, folks.  Please don't stop now...we want to continue providing tests and medicine for children and pregnant moms and we can only do that with your help.

 My email is tweaver@AFCAids.org if you'd ever like to join a Vacation with a Purpose or would like to climb Kilimanjaro in support of our children.

Sep 16, 2013

The girls get a chance

Jemimah
Jemimah

Edna Akoth and Jemima Atieno are siblings and, together with their mother, they are cared for at our partner clinic at Mikindani, Mombasa.  When we first met them, these girls and their mom were in pitiful shape - hungry and sick and desperate for help. Upon testing, it was discovered that the three of them are HIV+, so all were admitted into AFCA's program.

Now, a couple years down the road, they are all healthy and doing well.  The girls love going to school, where Edna is in form 4 at Changmwe Secongary School and Edna is in class 2 at Sir Henry Academy.  They are so proud of their uniforms and accomplishments, as our we!  All of them are breathing a sigh of relief because they don't have the pressure of paying for the girls' school fees anymore and because they know that getting a good education is going to help all of them.

These girls are a great example of the difference a little hope can make in the lives of a child.  Thank you for being part of this work!

Edna
Edna
Sep 13, 2013

A Field of Hope

Seedlings growing
Seedlings growing

Oh, so exciting!  Here's a fun update regarding our sustainable food project:

  • We have five women who have been trained in budgeting and marketing and who daily purchase vegetables at a discounted price and re-sell them at the market.  They little businesses are doing well.  As the greenhouses produce more, more women are ready to start their own businesses, as well.
  • 48 children are receiving free vegetables due to their malnourished state
  • Women receive green (kale, spinach, etc) to help the mom's as they grow stronger after deliving their babies.
  • The organic greenhouse is producing awesome vegetables and a large grocery store  is waiting for the first harvest already!

This is a pretty exciting project, as we can see it is coming together quite nicely.  So many people are benefitting now...we can't wait to see how many more will benefit when the entire project is complete!

If you'd like to visit this program to see first hand what you've done by supporting this project, you are welcome to. Go visit the greenhouses, the clinic, the children and families.  Join us on one of our Vacation with a Purpose trips and help us build a house for one of the orphaned children.  Just get in touch with me at tweaver@AFCAids.org and we'll get you on the road to Mombasa, Kenya, where you are touching lives you haven't yet met.  I hope you will meet them, though, and that you'll see the difference you are making.

Kids who received vegetables
Kids who received vegetables

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