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Sep 17, 2020

Millie and Ronda Have Hope for the Future

Millie
Millie

Up until 2016 all the primary school -going children at the Sandra Jones Centre went to the local school in the area, a 4 kilometer walk from the centre. The classes there are very big, in excess of 50 children per class and 1 teacher. Needless to say very little learning gets done unless you are very academic and well behaved. Children with learning problems and in our case, traumatized children, really do not fare well. Corporal punishment is the norm and children are disciplined with canes or sticks and made to sit quietly on the floor at the back of the classroom as punishment. Our children can arrive at the Sandra Jones Centre at any point of their lives and their academic experience is always lacking. They may not have been to school at all or missed a lot due to their abuse and family situations. Sending them to the local school just was not working on any level. Thus we decided to home school the children at the centre. Little did we realize what a success it would be! We have so many success stories but let me just give you one example. Millie ( 5 ) and her sister Ronda (3) came to us 9 years ago. They had been severely physically abused by their father and then abandoned with an aunt who did not want them and kept them locked up at home while she went to prostitute herself. She continued to abuse them physically. Millie always tried to protect her little sister and she still bears the scars today. A neighbor reported the abuse and they came to live with us. 

They both attended the local school for a few years.  When we first did academic assessments Millie was by now in Grade 4 and 9 years old but her assessment results put her at below pre-school levels.   She could not read and was a very angry little girl. She was always in trouble for her "attitude, laziness and stubborness" these words are actually used in her school report.  She was one of the first 7 children in our home school and she was not at all keen to learn - she would just put her head on the desk and refuse to look at anyone or anything.  That year with her was a miracle as she slowly came out of her shell and learned the first 17 words to read her first book! She realized that she loves maths and is a wonderful little artist! She has grown into a sensible little lady and has a wonderful sense of humour. She is now in Grade 6 and doing exceptionally well. She will write her Grade 7 exams next year and we expect good results from her. She still has the emotional scars from her past and if she doesn't want to do something, she will not do it. She has the opportunity to be herself and feel safe and loved and develop at her own pace. We are so proud of her and thank God for the opportunity to rescue little souls like her. 

A huge thank you to AFCA for making it possible for us to give Millie and Ronda and so many others like them hope for the future!

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

Ronda
Ronda
Sep 16, 2020

Five New Families Receive Goats

A lot has happened on ‘Morning Star‘ since our last update; more than I can adequately cover here. Let me grab the most interesting and keep the rest for later.  Oh dear, that is difficult – it is ALL interesting! 

15 goats were delivered to 5 new families and we anticipate delivering to a few more families shortly.

The father of most of the does handed out was Rupert, our first buck born on the farm; a half Kalahari Red.  These does are all now carrying babies either from Bruce our ¾ bred Kalahari Red, or Fred, our Saanen dairy goat.  What this means is that the genes of the goats in the community will be improved with the introduction of a meatier goat and a milk producing goat.  We have been encouraging the beneficiaries to milk their goats for added nutrition in their homes, and hope this mix of breeds will be successful in the quantities they can achieve.

When the five new families received goats, the ‘Three Amigos’  visited some of our present beneficiary families to see how the herds were progressing.  Lufasi, one of our first beneficiaries proudly showed us his herd. Top right are two of our original stock herd, Oreo and Snowflake.  Each of these does had just produced yet another baby to add to Lufasi’s herd.  Lufasi recently repaid the three does the contract calls for, (after three years, three does are ‘paid back’ and then the rest of the herd belongs officially to the beneficiary).  The bottom photo shows some of his herd and the top left is one of the does, Cindy, which he returned to us.  She was pregnant and a month after her arrival she produced this very sweet little doeling. 

AFCA graciously donated towards the Zimbabwe call for food assistance.  The lockdown caused all sorts of tactical problems, but after a long delay, we were able to get food parcels to vulnerable homes in our rural community. All the goat beneficiaries and sewing group families, as well as many other needy families in the area, were so excited to receive this unexpected blessing.  Several families danced with joy when the food was delivered to them. 

It brings back powerfully to us how much so many of us have and how little others have to survive on.  May we find it, in our hearts, to walk with our hands held loosely over the excess that we have and become more aware of the needs of the poor and vulnerable.  

Although it seems many COVID restrictions are slowly been lifted, let us continue to be wise as we begin to socialize and move around.  By protecting ourselves we can protect others.   Keep safe!

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

Sep 16, 2020

Goats and Seeds Provide Endless Opportunities

Alice is one of our goat project beneficiaries.  Alice cares for her five grandchildren.  All they have is each other and they have experienced horrible pain, loss, hunger and illness.  If not for the young children, Alice would have given up long ago.  However, this beautiful family was given a second chance.  And they are thriving!  The goat project has given them many opportunities to provide their own food, medicine and fees for school.  

Alice is very happy with Baylor Uganda for supporting her family under the AFCA project.  She tells us, "I was supported with seeds and given goats as well.  My livestock project is doing well and I am also getting manure for my farming.  Great thanks to Baylor Uganda for selecting me and for supporting my family."

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

 
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