Dear friends,One of the photos taken by the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) has been selected as a finalist in a contest hosted by Global Giving. Here is the link where you can vote for our photo http://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=21/. I took this photo while in Zimbabwe during a goat distribution to grandmothers who are raising AIDS orphans.The photo which receives the most votes by noon on August 15th will win $1000 for the organization from GG, plus $3000 extra in matching grants we've been pledged AND it will be highlighted on the Global Giving home page, which opens us up to many more donations. Voting starts on August 1 at noon EST, so we must get ready to vote and to ask others to vote as well.Only one vote will be accepted per email address, so voting more than once from the same email address does not count. Please send out emails and post on social media as soon as you can. Think creatively, too. You can take your laptop to a café and you can ask people to vote for us right then and there. Or, take your smartphone to work and ask all of your colleagues to vote.On behalf of the kids,tanya
Edna couldn't be happier about going to school. She even wrote a note to donors to thank them for allowing her to realize a dream. She has set a goal for herself, so that she gets good grades and can graduate with a future. She wants you all to be as proud of her as we are. Thank you for giving her this hope! Thank you for caring for children like Edna, who wouldn't have a chance at school without you.
I saw Edna just one month ago and she is doing great. She is happy and she has grown since the last time I saw her. I told her that one day, I'll get to see her going off to the university and I will cry of happiness. Shyly, she said, "me, too."
Until that day arrives, let's keep giving the kids in this program what they need to get through these years of uncertainty...school fees, food, medicine, training, and a vision of a future that looks promising.
With so many children needing an education and so many of them being orphaned and having no one to pay their school fees or to help purchase school uniforms and books, we have our hands full. How about helping us by making a gift on behalf of your wonderful mom or grandma?
You can make a donation as a gift to a friend or family member by going to our project and 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, print-at-home, or physical card. They offer several fun card designs and they will give you the option to choose a design customized for our project.
What a neat gift this will be! Not only are you honoring your mother, but you are also helping children get to school. Isn't that what mom always wanted for you? Honor her by making school a possibility for others.
And, if you can, please share this with as many others as you can through Facebook and emails...between us all, we can educate a village.
Brian is a 15-year old boy from the Bangladesh area of Mombasa, Kenya. He has four sisters and is attending the clinic at Mikindani. His mother [Benta] is a widow also a client in Mikindani. Besides that, she is a community health volunteer worker who assists the office in home-based care services at the village level. This is quite commendable because she doesn't earn anything for this service, but is impacting the lives of many due to her selflessness. She is also a day laborer, working at a small,l local beauty shop.
Brian has been in the program for over 5 years now and is taking anti-retroviral (ARV) medicine. He is now in class 8 this year and will be sitting for his end of primary education examination.It’s our hope that he will perform well and join secondary school next year.
He’s an active pupil in school and also in the senior youth support group at the clinic and has benefitted with education on stigma, disclosure, prevention with positives, and counseling services. He’s taking his ARVs well and without any problem. In nutrition, his mother has benefitted with knowledge on food preparation and handling and in the use of the available foods . Due to their very low income, this family always receives porridge flour to supplement their diet.
In terms of education, Brian has been receiving uniforms and shoes and this year his school remedial dues were paid in full! This has enabled him to remain in school and he really appreciates the support. His performance hasbeen pleasing and he is putting more efforts in his studies.
Thank you for supporting children with Brian, giving them a way out of poverty and into hope.
It is so neat to find children who think of others before thinking of themselves. During this past holiday season, a group of 6 and 7 year old kids got together to create hygiene and school supply kits for children in Mombasa, Kenya. Each hygiene kit contains items such as: shampoo, a towel, nail clippers, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. The school supply kits container items such as notebooks, pencils, pens, scissors, a ruler, glue, crayons, etc.
What was so beautiful about the children making the kits is that they did it selflessly, purchasing items using their little savings, tooth fairy money and allowance money. They shopped with their parents and proudly brought all their donations to a Christmas party where they played games and ate cupcakes prior to filling bags. As they filled the bags, it was neat hearing them talk about what they were grateful for: parents, schools, toys, water, electricity, and food. Helping other children certainly made helped them concentrate on what they were grateful for!
The kids in the pictures here are some of the ones who will be receiving these kits - as orphans, they value this type of gift very much, as they don't have a way to purchase the items themselves. Thanks for all the kids who decided to share of themselves during the holidays to help others!
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