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.
Nov 7, 2012

What is happening in Mombasa?

Greenhouse
Greenhouse

The Portriez Shamba (garden) was started to benefit our clients with vegetables to add vitamins into their food
intake and since then, we have seen great improvement in their health

Sixty-seven clients and five support groups with 20 members each have benefited from the trainings regarding preparation of gardens, planting, weeding, harvesting, and other management skills. Some clients have really tried to build small kitchen gardens though the challenge they have is lack of water.  Lack of water seems to be one of our biggest issues here in Mombasa.  We don't lack hard working people or families who want to eat better and to do what they must do in order to eat more nutritionally.  What we need is water!

With the lack of water in mind, we studies greenhouses and with the help of AFCA, we purchased on for this land.  Right now, seedlings are ready for transplanting into the greenhouse and we hope to have the first harvest of tomatoes and sukuma wiki (Kale) in late January.  When this happens, we will celebrate big because this will be a huge thing for our clients and the children in our program.  I can't wait for this.

Thank you,

Veronica

our tomatoes!
our tomatoes!
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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