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 5, 2013

An Update on Hillary

Hillary
Hillary

Hillary is an HIV+ boy who is part of our program in Mombasa, Kenya.  He is 9 years old and is full of life. He loves to play soccer, to run around yelling with his friends and to eat ugali (corn mush) with greens.  His cheeky grin is contagious and everyone who meets him loves him!

Hillary isn't only a cute kid.  He is also a kid who wants to be something important when he gets older.  First, he'd like to be a doctor.  Then, he'd like to be a priest.  Sometimes, though, he'd really like to be a teacher.  There are times, he tells me, that he's like to be a gardener so he can see things grow.  I shake my head when he comes up with a different dream each time he's asked, but really, he is just a little boy who knows that going to school is very important and the best thing is, he loves to learn.  

He is doing well in class 4 at St. Jude Academy, where his fees are paid for by you all, the generous donors who help us keep deserving and needy children in school. He gets up early, washes up and heads to school five days a week, eager to see what else he can be when he grows up.  Whatever he finally decided to do, I can't wait to hear about it.  

But, for now, Hillary is a normal little kids who attends a junior support group at the clinic in Mombasa and because of the counseling and support he receives there, he is able to take his medicines without any problem.

Thanks, friends, for supporting children like Hillary.  You are making a world of different.  We know it, they know and you know it.  Please don't stop...there are so many other children who'd like to have the opportunity to go to school, too.

Happy Holidays!

Tanya

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Dec 5, 2013

What Happens to Livestock During a Drought?

Goats recipient with new kid - his herd grows!
Goats recipient with new kid - his herd grows!

The AFCA livestock project continues to get stronger despite a number of challenges that have been encountered. 

We are so excited to see that more than 75% of the chickens in the Biriri area have started laying eggs and it’s only a matter of time before we see the phenomenal growth. The rabbits in Biriri are a large breed which tends to take longer to start reproducing, but those rabbits are doing their best! What is exciting, though, is the fact that over 50% of the families who received rabbits have started recording pregnancy cases.

Considering the harsh conditions the animals have been exposed to this drought year, we are very happy about the performances. We must point out the record growth in the pig pilot section!  This is the first time ever for us to be involved in a pig project and so far, the performance is AMAZING! One family had 10 pigglets born this season!

It is also worth noting that more than 95% of our beneficiaries are utilizing their small stock and are benefiting on a varying scale. Some are collecting manure and urine for their gardens and others are enjoying eggs, milk and rabbit meat. Eight families have already sold a rabbit in order to pay school fees and three families have eaten a rabbit as relish.  This means they already gave two rabbits away to another family and have enough left over to be a small business.  Good stuff!

CHALLENGES FACED AND THE WAY FORWARD

The major challenge this year is limited feed resources due to drought. The families are fully aware of the importance of dry season feed and are doing a lot to alleviate feed shortages and ensure the survival of their small stock. In all our sites, beneficiaries are supplementing their small stock by using legume residues which include ground nut hay and cow pea hay. Sorghum and maize residues are also used. The bulk of the beneficiaries are also using wild legumes and are also collecting acacia pods for their small stock. Those with chickens and guinea fowls are supplementing using sun flower seed and small grain. The orphan families are very excited that we are introducing fodder crops and they see it as a very effective way to mitigate the effects of dry season shortages that threaten the gains of various projects.

Diseases and parasites continue to be an issue in some areas, but it is worth noting that the regime that has been put together has made a great impact in countering these threats. Through training, beneficiaries are having sound understanding of basic small stock diseases, prevention and treatment. Orphan families have reported a lot of diseases during this dry season which could be due to poor nutrition and subsequent poor body condition. The most common diseases have been pulpy kidney, internal parasites, tick borne diseases and eye problems. But, we are happy to report that the orphan families did not lose many animals because of the vaccination and deworming programmes. Also, in cases of sickness, the families have improved a lot and are reporting such cases on time. The beneficiaries, through AFCA sponsored training workshops, are exposed to farm level disease management and are accessing relevant support services through the use of veterinary kits and trained veterinary assistants.

We are incredibly grateful and happy about this program and we are expecting to add a new site this year so we can help even more children.  Thank you from all of us in Zimbabwe!

Dec 5, 2013

Do You Remember That Song?

In 1984, a group of renown musicians got together to sing.  It wasn't just any song they sang and they didn't sing it for a particular audience.  No, they sang to raise awareness and funds for the people of Ethiopia because millions there were in danger of starvation.  Click here if you want to listen.  Now, don't laugh when you see the hairstyles, makeup and outfits worn in the 1980's!  

Now, in 2013, there is a hunger that is stalking another country: Zimbabwe.  Thankfully, the situation isn't as severe as it was in Ethiopia in 1984, but it IS severe and children no longer can walk to school because they are too weak to do so.  Children and elderly people are dying because they just don't have enough food to carry them through another day. My heart breaks for them and I pray for rain and for hope for them.

During this holiday season we can all get together and do something to help others.  While we celebrate with food, family and friends, we can also celebrate the giving of life to others who just don't have what they need to survive for much longer.  Will you join us in giving hope?

For $1500, we can deliver enough food to feed 256 children and guardians for an entire month.  Surely, together, we can do this...we can share of our riches so that children in our programs can make it though this terrible time.  When they come out on the other side of it, we'll be there with seeds and livestock, ready to teach them how to grow veggies with little/no water so that next time the rains don't come, they are able to eat and survive without external help.

If you have questions or want to do more with our organization, write me at tweaver@AFCAids.org.  I am here to help.

Happy Holidays, all,

 

tanya

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