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.
Jul 28, 2013

Next Distribution of Malaria Bed Nets in Zambia in September 2013

Power of Love Foundation’s (POL) Project Mosquito Nets program provides long lasting insecticide treated nets to women and children vulnerable to Malaria in Zambia. We would like to say a big “Thank You” for supporting this program. With your support, we were able to provide 1000 insecticide treated nets to women, children, and people living with HIV/AIDS in 2012. For a detailed report of the distribution activities click here.

Next Distribution of Nets: We are planning on distributing   1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets to women, children and people living with HIV/AIDS in September 2013. The distribution activities will include education on prevention of malaria, distribution of long lasting insecticide treated nets, and a demonstration regarding the proper use, treatment and maintenance of nets.

Impact of the Distribution: Provision of bed nets and education on malaria prevention and proper use and maintenance of nets goes a long way in eradicating malaria from the community and improving the health of HIV positive people and especially children. Beneficiaries of nets report a marked reduction in the incidence of malaria among adults and an increase in school attendance amongst children. 

Need for Nets: Follow-up interviews with nets recipients indicates that the nets distributed over the last 2 years, are in good condition and are being used for malaria prevention by the beneficiary households. These interviews also highlighted the need for more nets as there are several hundred households without bed nets in Zambia.

Request for Funds: At this time we are raising funds to provide 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) in the fall of 2013 and an additional 1000 nets in Spring 2014. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.     

Thanks again for your dedication to keep families malaria free in Zambia.  

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Jul 28, 2013

Meet our Heroes: Stories of Two Successful Women Entrepreneurs

Power of Love’s (POL) micro loans program empowers women impacted by HIV/AIDS by providing them with business training, a small loan, and business advice and monitoring over the course of the loan period. Our program is specifically designed for women caring for the HIV-infected and is one of the few loan programs that works with women infected or impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Meet our Heroes:
Dorothy cares for nine children - four children of her own and five orphans. Her business of selling vegetables was not doing well due to several similar vendors in her area. Dorothy wanted to start a new business but needed capital of at least $120-150. She enrolled in Power of Love's micro loans program and received business training and a loan to start a new business. Her new business (soap, oil, detergent, eggs, toiletries) is doing well and with earnings from her business she has been able to pay for school expenses for two children who were not in school due to lack of funds. Dorothy plans on working hard and use the skills she learnt during business training to take her business forward. At present, Dorothy is happy that her business is doing well; her children are eating better, and are in school. She has become a mentor to other women in the community and encourages them to take charge of their own lives.

Jane is a widow caring for four children of her own and three children from her late brother. Both her husband and brother died the same year leaving her with no means to care for her family. Jane enrolled in our micro loans program, received business training and a loan and started selling fruits. At present Jane is on her third loan cycle and her business is doing well. She has expanded her assortment of goods to include eggs, cooking oil, and other types of groceries. She is very happy that she is able to take care of her family with earnings from her business. Jane's plan for the future is to keep all the children in her care in school and make their living arrangement more comfortable by extending her late brother's one room house. She is confident that she can achieve her goals by working hard and saving for her future.

Need For Funds: At this time we are raising funds to provide an additional 100 new loans to women entrepreneurs like Dorothy and Jane in August 2013. This will bring the total number of women in our program to 250. Please donate generously to help these women take better care of their families, keep their children in school and take the first steps towards self-reliance.

Conclusion: Micro loans successfully enable women to engage in self-employment projects and set them on the road to self-reliance. These loans help a poor household meet basic needs and protect against unexpected financial expenses. For most women there is a dramatic improvement in their standard of living and they may graduate out of poverty. For all involved there is perceived improvement in gender equality, improved economic welfare, and a sense of well-being and self-empowerment. We are proud to report that all of the outcomes of this project continue to be significant, sustainable and permanent. 

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Jul 28, 2013

From the Field: An Update on "Health Care for 200 HIV Positive Children in Zambia"

Power of Love's pediatric HIV/AIDS care program continues to improve the lives of several hundred children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. The vision for this program is to strengthen women and grandmothers, so that they can take care of their own children and sick family members at home. We do this by providing food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services to HIV positive children in Zambia.

The goal of this program is to keep children healthy so that they can attend school. At this time we have 200 HIV positive children in our program and 167 are of school going age. Out of these 167 children, 129 are in elementary school, 29 in middle school, and 9 in high school. We are proud that these children are able to attend school as out of the 200 children only 26% are being cared for by both parents, 84%  being cared for by a single parent,  grandparents or other relatives. We strive constantly to ensure that all children eligible for school are in school.

In addition to food and medicines, our program provides weekly health checkups, psychosocial counseling, education in prevention of HIV, adherence monitoring, and malaria bed nets to the children. As a result of this high quality care provided, most children are stable in health and able to live close to normal lives. In fact, most children showed positive signs of improvement in their health as measured by their weight and CD4 counts. All children (except two) gained weight/stayed same in weight; and all children (except 1) had stable or higher CD4 counts since January 2013. In addition, out of the 128 children on anti-retroviral medication, more than half are aware of their HIV positive status. Children who are aware of their status undergo adherence training that teaches them the importance of taking their medicines on time and provides them with simple tools so that they can adhere to their medication regimen. In addition, our Nurse and health workers monitor their adherence to the medication regimen and so far all children are adhering well to their medications.

Our program impacts 200 children and their families directly and an additional 1200 children indirectly as the family members share their knowledge of caring for an HIV positive child with others in the community. Your generous donation will provide much needed food, medicines, and health care services to several hundred children in the community of Matero in Lusaka, Zambia, and help them stay healthy and in school.

Thanks for your continued support.  

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