Our latest Newsletter has hit the the streets, and we also have another matching drive coming up in just a few days! Please scroll down to read more about the matching drive starting October 15th at 9:01pm, EDT ( this time in your city). All donations are matched by 30% (up to $1,000 per donor) while funds last!
Here is a great article about one of our essential and hard working Community Health Workers, Jin-Hong, from the Newsletter:
Jin-Hong has long ties with the AOS-PATS family. Heart-wrenchingly featured in Blood of YingZhou District, she and her two younger siblings lost their parents to HIV/AIDS when they were very young. Even though the three of them do not have the disease, they were still faced with harsh discrimination in school and in their neighborhood. Jin-Hong and her siblings were forced to grow up quickly. Luckily, the director of AOS took them under her wing and helped them thrive.
Fast forward to today, Jin-Hong is the health worker in charge of more than 15 kids in Lixin County. She is always dressed with the latest fashion (ruffled skirt with colorful leggings and straight across bangs) and wears a huge smile on her face. With her background, she has the unique ability to empathize with the par-ents and children in the PATS program. Not only does she make home visits to do pill counts and regular checkups, she also uses an instant messaging program like QQ to stay in touch with the PATS kids who are now teenagers. Through seemingly small innovations like this, she was able to not only be the kids’ health worker but their friend and men-tor. She sets an example to the PATS children that life doesn’t end because you or your loved ones are touched by HIV/AIDS. She has transformed the tragedy in her life into fuel and strength to inspire her to help others.
We have another wonderful matching drive coming up just for projects in our region! If you have been meaning to donate to PATS this year but haven't yet, this is a great opportunity for you to stretch your dollars a little further for the PATS kids! All donations are matched by 30% (up to $1,000 per donor) while funds last! We encourage you to get donations in as early as you can, because matching funds will definitely run out before the end of the day.
Wednesday, October 16th (starts Tuesday, October 15th at 9:01 pm EDT) $15,000 available in matching Start time: 9:01 pm EDT October 15 (this time in your city)
Hello PATS supporters,
In our last update, we told you about the passing of PATS advisor, Wang Liyao. In his memory volunteers and supporters came together in early May in Boston to remember his life and inspiring contributions. Zhang Ying, founder of PATS China-based partner, AIDS Orphan Salvation Association (AOS), traveled from China and was among the many guests who paid tribute by planting a tree in Wang Laoshi's honor. Attached are some pictures from the day.
We also wanted to thank our supporters who pitched in their dollars during the PATS tribute matching drive on GlobalGiving! We were able to raise over $5,000 through new and existing supporters on GlobalGiving, which is an amazing achievement. This just goes to show that even for a small, volunteer run organization, we can all do a lot when we put our minds to it! All toward the common goal of continuing our mission of helping our kids have happy, healthy childhoods.
In other news, we have some volunteers visiting our kids in China towards the end of the summer, and we will post photos and additional updates after that trip.
We'll also have our quarterly newsletter available soon!
Dear PATS supporters,
It’s only a few weeks until Mother’s Day! We wanted you guys to know about great fundraising drive GlobalGiving is funding for Mother's Day. From now until May 12th, every donation made as a gift on the PATS GlobalGiving project page will be matched by GlobalGiving with an additional $5 donation. Donate to PATS as a gift/in honor of someone else by selecting the third giving option, “gift or in honor of,” under the orange donate button on the project page. GlobalGiving will send the gift recipient an email, snail mail, or print-at-home card.
GlobalGiving will be awarding $1,000 to the project with the most money raised and $1,000 to the project with the most tribute card donors. Help us get the $1,000 bonus for largest number of tribute card donors! Even $5 will help- that means at least $10 for PATS and helps us on our way to an additional $1,000. That is enough to fund all of the needs for one child for one year.
You may use the following link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/pats/?show=gift
Thanks for all of your continued support. Follow us on our Facebook page for more frequent updates on what we've been up to. https://www.facebook.com/pages/PATS-Pediatric-AIDS-Treatment-Support
On another note, we have some sad news to share. PATS Advisor Wang Liyao (also known as Wang Laoshi) passed away at the beginning of March after a brave, year long battle with pancreatic cancer. He left the world peacefully with his family at his side in Hangzhou, China. He cared so much for the PATS children and we will miss him dearly. His son Jason said, "I'd like to take this chance to thank you all, people in PATS and Boston and the others for the kind concern and support given to my dad. His heart, mind and love are always with you even in his last days." Here he is last May with Board Member Jialan. The PATS volunteers will be holding a memorial for him in Boston early next month and will plant a tree in his memory.
Our Associate Director, Cherry Wan, went to XinXiang, Henan, Fuyang and Anhui in December to visit our kids. Here are a few highlights of her trip: We welcomed one new PATScommunity health worker, Ms. Zhang, who was formerly a schoolteacher. She works very well with the children and is especially great at helping them set goals. During the home visits, Cherry noticed that Ms. Zhang was checking each child’s fingernails. Cherry later learned that during the visits in the previous month, Ms. Zhang asked every child to keep their hands and nails clean as part of their effort to maintain proper hygiene. This is a small example of the dedication and diligence that the workers apply to caring for the PATS kids. On this trip, Cherry facilitated a conference call between our medical advisor/board member, Dr. Jessica Haberer, and the community health workers. They discussed specific issues related to the children, such as possible drug resistance and behavioral problems. The workers benefited greatly from Jessica’s advice, and these continued conversations will help develop the workers’ technical skills. Lastly, as more PATS kids become young adults, we are planning activities around age-appropriate sex education. While PATS continues to evolve, our core mission of providing comprehensive care and support to children living with HIV/AIDS remains unchanged. Here's a picture of Long, one of our newest PATS kids, wearing a hat from his Sponsor.
Dear PATS Supporters,
It's been a great year for PATS on GlobalGiving and we wanted to thank all of you for your generous donations. We have had many new donors join us in supporting our kids, and hope that you will all continue to check in on our progress. So far this year, our GlobalGiving supporters have helped us raise enough money to take care of four of our kids for an entire year! GlobalGiving has been a wonderful platform to reach people who care about our cause outside of our normal circles in our Boston,MA headquarters. We hope that you've enjoyed our periodic updates and that you continue to stay engaged with us through our Facebook page, Twitter feed, and website. Most of all, we'd love to have your continued support as we strive to accomodate more kids in our program.
As the year draws to a close, we wanted to share some interesting things that we're working on. First, we are currently running our annual Holiday Card Fundraiser. For GlobalGiving donors, we are offering beautiful hand made cards to those who donate at least $25 to PATS in honor of someone by December 18th. These are lovingly made by our wonderful volunteers in Boston, MA! It's easy to send PATS a donation in honor of someone else, just go to the "Gift in Honor of" tab on our donation page (see example above). You can choose the "no, I don't want a card" option and we will send you a followup email after you donate to get the mailing address of your honoree. Note that for cards sent outside of the US may not arrive by Christmas.
PATS is also working on a video project on site in China. We are collaborating with Sharron Lovell, a multi-media journalist based in Beijing to develop two videos to support PATS work with children living with HIV in rural China. The first video will feature people with HIV in China who are living healthy and successful lives. In rural China, HIV is sometimes considered a death sentence and those living with HIV may not have much hope for the future. The purpose of the video is to erase this fallacy using interviews to share real life experiences of healthy and successful individuals that have HIV/AIDS. The second video is a demonstrative promotional video that will show PATS in action. The video will provide a firsthand window into PATS work in China, including interviews and footage of PATS leadership in China and the community health workers.
We hope the holiday season finds you and your family happy, health, and prosperous. Thanks again for helping our kids have happy, healthy childhoods!
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