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.
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
Sep 13, 2013

When will the hunger start?

Conservation Farming training
Conservation Farming training

It is with deep sadness that I read a report about the food situation in Zimbabwe.  Here it is:  http://www.trust.org/item/20130906111437-9zysp/?source=shem  I have a hard time understanding how some of us have so much and others have so little. It is hard to wrap my head around the fact that children will be hungry while we throw food away and complain because we want more choices. 

But, there is a silver lining around my thoughts - because of you and of AFCA, there are 628 orphaned families who are eating this season and they are eating balanced meals, at that.  That means, there are over 3100 children and guardians that get up in the morning to milk their goats, gather eggs from under their chickens and who gather vegetables from their gardens.  Yes, times will be tough for them with little water, but, with planning and proper mulching and water conservation, I trust they will all get through this next drought healthfully and full. 

What about the other children, though?  There are 1,800,000 orphans in Zimbabwe and all of them should eat.  None of them should perish due to lack of food.  Now is the time to do more, to dig deeper and to help out the others.  AFCA is expanding our programs to include two more villages in Zimbabwe, but we need your help (and that of your friends) to make it possible.  We'd like to purchase and deliver more goats, chickens, guinea fowl, seeds, and hope.  Will you help us?  Let's rally together during this last part of the year and do more for more children.  This will be the cry of my heart as we march into the holiday season - let's give kids on the other side of the world the chance to celebrate life, too. 

We are taking our first volunteer team to Zimbabwe in June 2014.  We'll be finishing the construction of a school and will be building arborloos.  Come join us, visiting this magnificent country and see what you've helped us accomplish.  If you are interested in being part of a Volunteer with a Purpose team, email me at tweaver@AFCAids.org and check out our website (VWP tab) to find out more.  We have space for 16 people - why not be one of them?  Families welcome.

Carrots thriving with little water
Carrots thriving with little water
Sep 13, 2013

Preparing for the Lack of Food

Training in Conservation Farming
Training in Conservation Farming

It is with deep sadness that I read a report about the food situation in Zimbabwe.  Here it is:  http://www.trust.org/item/20130906111437-9zysp/?source=shem  I have a hard time understanding how some of us have so much and others have so little. It is hard to wrap my head around the fact that children will be hungry while we throw food away and complain because we want more choices. 

But, there is a silver lining around my thoughts - because of you and of AFCA, there are 628 orphaned families who are eating this season and they are eating balanced meals, at that.  That means, there are over 3100 children and guardians that get up in the morning to milk their goats, gather eggs from under their chickens and who gather vegetables from their gardens.  Yes, times will be tough for them with little water, but, with planning and proper mulching and water conservation, I trust they will all get through this next drought healthfully and full. 

What about the other children, though?  There are 1,800,000 orphans in Zimbabwe and all of them should eat.  None of them should perish due to lack of food.  Now is the time to do more, to dig deeper and to help out the others.  AFCA is expanding our programs to include two more villages in Zimbabwe, but we need your help (and that of your friends) to make it possible.  We'd like to purchase and deliver more goats, chickens, guinea fowl, seeds, and hope.  Will you help us?  Let's rally together during this last part of the year and do more for more children.  This will be the cry of my heart as we march into the holiday season - let's give kids on the other side of the world the chance to celebrate life, too. 

We are taking our first volunteer team to Zimbabwe in June 2014.  We'll be finishing the construction of a school and will be building arborloos.  Come join us, visiting this magnificent country and see what you've helped us accomplish.  If you are interested in being part of a Volunteer with a Purpose team, email me at tweaver@AFCAids.org and check out our website (VWP tab) to find out more.  We have space for 16 people - why not be one of them?  Families welcome.

Conservation Farming Works!!
Conservation Farming Works!!

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