Power of Love Foundation

Our Mission is: To turn back the tide of the global AIDS epidemic through innovative community responses that increase the effectiveness of prevention and care efforts. Our Vision is: A world where the AIDS epidemic is in continuous retreat, and people living with HIV/AIDS have access to loving care and treatment in an environment free of stigma and discrimination.
Aug 23, 2015

Impact of Safe Park on Children's Health

Need for “Safe Park”: Our "Safe Park" program is located in Matero which is one of the largest (population of around 275,000) and poorest compounds in Lusaka, Zambia with an unemployment rate upwards of 60% and a high incidence of HIV and malaria. Most residents live on less than a dollar a day. Children face difficult circumstances due to poverty, stigma due to their HIV positive status, sickness within the family, distress and trauma (due to the loss of a parent/family member). Most lack a safe environment to learn and play that is critical for normal development.

Impact of “Safe Park”: This program is free and open to all children in this community. Children and their family members are encouraged to join our trained child and youth care staff every Saturday morning for a few hours. The staff and the children play and engage in educational games and activities. At this time we have 700-760 children enrolled and about 70-80 participate every week. Children (both HIV positive and HIV free) interact with each other and our staff, and participate in educational games and activities. As a result, children who attend Safe Park regularly: 

  • have more knowledge about HIV, are more comfortable with their HIV positive status, and many are ready to discuss their status with their peers,
  • face reduced stigma associated with HIV,
  • a few older children become role models and mentors for the younger children,
  • do better at school as homework help is provided
  • have an improvement in self-esteem and mental and physical competency,
  • develop social skills via sharing, following rules and cooperation,
  • develop of better social relations with pears and adults,
  • learn about HIV prevention and care and,
  • are kept off the streets where they can be abused.

In additionfamily members are provided with information so that they can access relevant health, educational and psycho social services. Given below is the case of a typical child in our community and the impact of Safe Park on her development.

Claire (name changed) is one of the children who has been participating actively in Safe Park activities for the past two years. She is 12 years old now and tested positive for HIV when she was three years old (both her parents are positive). Over the last few years her health is stable and improving as she is on ARV medication. Before she started medication she complained of diarrhea, cough, rash and fever. Once her health started improving Claire went back to school. At this time she is studying in grade four and likes school. For the last two years, she has been participating in Safe Park activities and enjoys interacting with other children. As a result of participation in Safe Park where she plays games, interacts with other children, and learns about HIV, Claire feels happy, her self-esteem is better and she has fewer missed days from school. . 

There are several hundred children like Claire enrolled who actively participate in Safe Park activities. These children improve in physical, social, emotional and intellectual development and overall health. Better health leads to fewer missed days at school, and higher school performance. In addition, the children develop a sense of belonging in the community and hope for the future. 

Your donation will help a child grow normally and play and learn in a safe environment. Thanks for your caring and support.

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Aug 23, 2015

Meet Colin and be Inspired

Today, we would like you to meet Colin (not his real name), one of the 250 HIV positive children in our pediatric HIV care program in Zambia. Colin is 11 years old and lives with his grandma. Last year, he got sick, tested positive for HIV and started ARV medication. To keep Colin from developing full-blown AIDS, it is critical that he take his medicines on time to prevent opportunistic infections that can compromise his health. As part of the pediatric HIV care program, our Project Nurse is counseling and educating his grandmother on how best to prevent infections and take care of Colin. In addition, he is visited weekly by a child health care worker for a check-up, psycho-social counseling and monitoring compliance with his medication regimen. In addition, his grandma has been provided with training in caring for an HIV positive child so that he is under the care of a trained caregiver 24/7. At this time, Colin’s health is stable, and he is gaining weight. We are proud of Colin for being an active and playful fourth grader in spite of his poor health last year.  

At this time Colin receives food, medicines, weekly home visits from a community health worker, continuous monitoring of his health by the Nurse, and psycho social counseling. In the next few months Colin will start to receive education on prevention of HIV and training in adhering to his medication regimen. As a result of continuous quality care, his health has improved significantly in the last year. We are confident that Colin will continue to improve in health, attend school, and be happy as children should be. Colin loves school and inspire us with his playfulness and energy.

Please donate generously to help HIV positive children like Colin continue to play, attend school, and live healthy lives. And as always, 100% of your donations go towards programs and no part is used for overheads.

Thanks for your support and caring.

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Aug 23, 2015

Meet one of our Heroes - A Successful Entrepreneur

Today I would like you to meet Agness and share her story. Agness is one of the ladies in our micro loans program who received business training and a small loan to start a grocery business a few years back. She worked hard and her business did well. Agness repaid her loan in full, expanded her business and continues to work hard and expand her business every day. She now boasts of a refrigerator and a freezer to store soft drinks, and meat for her customers and her store carries several high value items like light fixtures and hair styling accessories. Agness is our hero and a role model to hundreds of women in her community. 

Last month, Agness's story was chosen to be published by the UN Women's website. She is our hero and a role model for hundreds of women in our community in Zambia. I am sure you will love this story.

Agness runs her business in Matero - one of the poorest and largest compounds in Lusaka, Zambia. Matero is characterized with a high incidence of HIV, malaria and TB and unemployment rates upwards of 60%. Most residents in this community are poor and live on less than $2 per day. They are able to purchase grocery items in very small quantities and cannot travel far to shop as they have no means of transportation. Businesses like Agness's are a valuable resource for members of her community.

There are several women like Agness in our micro loans program who are working hard at their businesses despite their difficult circumstances. Earnings from their businesses enable them to take better care of their families and their businesses provide a valuable service to residents of their community. In addition, they have become role models, teachers, and mentors for other women (and men) in the community.

Please donate generously so we can continue to empower women by providing them an opportunity to learn a marketable skill, run a business, and keep their children in school. Your donations will help us provide business training, small loans, business mentoring and monitoring to women impacted by HIV, and AIDS in Zambia.

Thanks for empowering women in Zambia.  

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