What an amazing year it has been for AFCA's children, thanks to YOU! Because of YOU, thousands of children are thriving and hopeful. Because of YOU, countless children are healthy and they have returned to school. Because of YOU, hundreds of children had good food to eat this year. And because of you, children like Maria not only eat well, but also go to school, dreaming of a future free of poverty. We don't have enough words to thank you for what you've done because it is huge...it is life changing.
Thank you for caring for the little ones we serve and for giving them a brighter future. You are the ones who allow us to keep working for them, providing them with medicine, medical supplies, clean water, food, school fees and supplies, livestock, seeds, self-reliance and HOPE.
As you make your end of the year giving decisions, please keep us in mind so we can continue helping children in 2015 and beyond.
We wish you the best year ever, full of every blessing and happiness imaginable, knowing you are a hope-giver. If you'd like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the children you have helped, please contact me at tweaver@AFCAids.org. I'd love to chat with you!
On behalf of the children,
Emanuel was 11 years old when he lost his mother, and went to live with his stepmother. Family members were not aware of Emanuel's HIV status when he arrived. Baylor visited the home and encouraged the entire famly to seek HIV counseling and testing. Emanuel's father refused testing for the family. However, the family was now aware of the boy's condition and offered him support.
It's now five years later and Emanuel is being raised by his older sister. She has been able to help him attend his clinic appointments. Emanuel has been faithfully taking the medicine and continues to be a healthy young man. He is thrilled to be feeling well enough to attend school, and reports tell us he is doing well!
Your support of medicine project is priceless to children like Emanual and the family who is caring for him. They now have hope for his future.
Are you interested in learning more about AFCA and our programs? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Annet is a 10 year old girl who lives with both her parents in the village of Kirombe, Uganda. This little one's mom and dad are both in care for HIV/AIDS, making it difficult for them to take care of their small family. Annet has been receiving treatment since 2008 for HIV and cancer of the skin at Baylor-Uganda, one of AFCA's partners in Uganda. Sadly, time and time again, Annet developed swelling all over her body and had to be admitted to Mulago Hospital several times for care. The cancer swellings worsened in 2010 to the point that Annet stopped eating and talking. Her small body was weak and her parents were financially and spiritually devastated, thinking they'd lose their daughter. In addition, even though his family depended on him, her dad wasn't working on a continuous basis because his own body was fighting AIDS and he couldn't keep a job.
Annet survived with the ongoing access to medication and support provided by AFCA. Her recovery has allowed her to attend school and she is currently in primary two, thanks to the support from donors. Annet's story is one of success because of your generosity and we can't thank you enough.
Annet now has hope and you are part of her recovery and bright future! Thank you for supporting children like Annet, as without you, we can't do what we do.
Would you like to learn more about our projects and the work we are doing every day? Please write me at tweaver@AFCAids.org. And, check us out on Facebook and Twitter and see what else AFCA is up to (@AFCAids).
Maria was born HIV positive 7.5 years ago in Kirombe, Uganda. The staff of Baylor-Uganda started visiting her family in 2006 and she was started on anti-retroviral syrups immediately. Besides her HIV+ status, Maria had developed cerebral malaria which led to her mental and physical retardation. Our partner hospital encouraged her parents to continue attending the clinic and received the required treatment for opportunistic infections, courtesy of AFCA.
Maria was attending the clinic but was not improving as quickly as expected, which led to her father’s frustration and disapproval with the program. He disowned Maria because he said that as the first born, he was disappointed that she was such a burden to him. Despite this circumstance, her mother continued bringing the girl into the Baylor-Uganda clinic for care and treatment.
In 2008, Maria’s father took on a second wife. This led his first wife to become depressed and to stop adhering to appointments and treatment for Maria. However, with continuous support from our Community Home Based Care Team and great tenacity, the mom received counseling and was strongly encouraged to continue attending the clinic, which she did from time to time.
In 2010, a kitchen gardening project was funded and supported selected families on income generating projects of which this family benefited. This was what encouraged Maria and her mom to return full time into the clinic. The girl resumed treatment and was adhering satisfactory. In 2012, with continued care and access to medication, this child started talking and her mental status slowly was restored, which was a surprise to all who knew her. She started school and is currently in upper pre-primary school!
This is truly a miracle child – Maria, who would never been given the chance to live, thanks to being HIV+ and having had cerebral malaria, is now in school, is thriving and doing very well. Her mom remains focused on her child’s health while feeding them well from the garden they’ve established. We have great hope for Maria, thanks to YOU, who believe in the work we do and support it through your donations. Thank you for believing in us and for giving Maria the chance to live.
Due to an agreement with Baylor-Uganda, we cannot post a photo of Kalungi or other very young children.
Kalungi is a client at Baylor-Uganda in the post natal clinic. He and his sister have been in care for one year and five months. He is 3 years old and currently in the care of his grandmother who is so appreciative for the care and treatment that has been renderred to her grandchildren.
At the grandmother's home she narrates “I went to visit my daughter and all I found was a sick mother with 2 very small children in the house. I asked her to come to hospital for an HIV test because she had taken all kinds of medication but was not improving at all. She agreed with but insisted the children not be tested. I think she was afraid of what she'd find out”. She was found HIV positive and was started on medication.
Later, the children were also brought to Baylor-Uganda, tested and were started on medicine and care because they were found to be HIV+. She was later visited by a community health based worker for adherence and with utter dismay, she found the babies home alone. The next day, the health worker visited early and found that the mom had forgotten to administer the night dose because she had come back late from work. She was asked why she had a lot of pill balances and said she had no time because of her nature of work and her unreliable schedule. The children’s grandmother was called and asked to intervene, and she immediately agreed to take the children to her place where she would take better care of them.
The biggest challenge grandma faced was that she was not financially stable and her little income from her small mukene [small fish] business could not sustain the whole family, especially with the special diet needed for the malnourished boy. He was referred to the Nutrition unit for further help to improve his health. She was further strained by the death of her daughter who used to sent some money for the children’s upkeep.
Grandama says she is very happy for what Baylor-Uganda and AFCA have done for her grand children, for the medication she would not be able to afford and for the nutritional supplements that have helped her grandchildren’s health to improve. She says they are now looking healthy and are more active in their play. She also appreciates the continuous routine visits and adherence counseling by the field officers, showing that she and her grandchildren are loved and thought about.
YOU are part of this story, friends. YOU have helped provide medicine and HIV testing kits for children like Kalungi and his sister. YOU have helped give their grandmother hope and YOU've helped give life to the little ones. Thank you!
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