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 31, 2012

Thank you!

Promise and bunny
Promise and bunny

We are so grateful for the donations you've given towards this project! 

A 12-year old girl, Promise, who is being looked after by an elderly woman named Roda Dube received two female rabbits from AFCA.  Promise says she loves the rabbits and since they received the rabbits, she now has something exciting to look forward to when she comes home. She has been learning how to take care of her animals and has learned to take them to the community leader where male rabbits are housed in order to control breeding.  

Already, her rabbits have had babies and her family has re-gifted two to another family, just four months after initially receiving her gift.  Now, any rabbits born are hers to keep, to sell, to eat, or to barter.  The manure is used in a small garden she, her siblings and Ms. Dube have planted using AFCA seeds.  The bunnies benefit from some of the greens while the children and Ms. Dube benefit from carrots, turnips, spinach, onions, tomatoes, peanuts, and other veggies they are growing and harvesting.

Truly, Promise's life has changed thanks to your generosity. 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

We have no other words.

On behalf of Promise and the other children you've helped,

tanya

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Oct 31, 2012

Benson's Story

Benson and me at his house
Benson and me at his house

I first met Benson seven years ago, when he was 11 years old. Now, a young man of 18, he has finished high school and is aiming to attend classes so he can become a mechanic.  I am so very, very proud of Benson!  He is HIV+, but has never allowed that diagnosis to stop him from achieving his dreams. 

We sat down together this summer to chat about dreams and aspirations.  We were in his house in a corner of a slum in Kenya.  There, he smiled and told me that he is good with his hands and that he can fix just about anything.  He wants to put that ability to work as a mechanic so he can earn some money to support himself.  He dreams of owning his own place one day, of getting married, of getting out of the slums.  He quickly told me that he doesn't want to marry anytime soon, though...he knows that will slow him down at this time and he simply wants to be responsible and to have a little money saved before he makes a commitment of that type.

The reason I am telling you about Benson is that he finished school thanks to you and your donations.  He is looking forward to a good future as an educated young man because of you.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

We can't say that enough, as you've just changed the course of a person's history!

On Benson's behalf,

tanya

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Oct 3, 2012

Seeds and Gardens

Saying THANK YOU
Saying THANK YOU

While in Zimbabwe this summer, we decided to incorporate small, personal gardens into the overall project to help 400 families who are suffering from food insecurity.  We visited 24 families who were selected to be part of this pilot project and took at look at their current gardens.  What we found is that while the families have the good sense to know that they need to be growing their own veggies, they don't always have the ability to purchase seeds or the knowledge of how to grow a garden in arid areas.

This is where Mr. Ncube walked in - he is a dear Zimbabwean friend who is also an avid gardener with a heart of gold.  He took it upon himself to properly train the grannies and children who head up the households so that they learn conservation farming, perfect in areas with little rain.  We purchased seeds and held trainings.  Now, two months later, veggies are sprouting up and families are getting excited.

Foliage goes to their animals. Veggies are for the family members. Manure from the animals feeds the garden.  Thick, thick mulch protects the earth and little plants from the harsh sun and keeps moisture in.  What a simple, but life-changing project!

As we continue to move forward, our plans are to expand this project in 2013 because we've already seen what is possible.  When we have hard facts of how the veggies are helping livestock and humans, we'll grow this program to include as many families as we can. 

Thank you for being part of this, friends.  You are truly giving hope and life to many folks in desperate situations.  Don't hesitate to tell others about this great project and to ask them to support it as well.

Receiving seeds
Receiving seeds
I received seeds, too!
I received seeds, too!

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