American Foundation for Children with AIDS

The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) is a non-profit organization providing critical comprehensive services to infected and affected HIV+ children and their caregivers. Our programs are efficient, promoting self-reliance and sustainability. Since 2005, in collaboration with our in-country partners, we have served tens of thousands of families in some of the most underserved and marginalized communities in Africa. Our areas of impact include: medical support, livelihoods, educational support and emergency relief.
Jan 18, 2017

Far-Reaching Impact

New Market Middle School Students
New Market Middle School Students

About 2 months ago, a group of 6th grade language arts class from New Market Middle School began reading the book "I Will Always Write Back" for Literature Circles. It is the true story of how two pen pals (Caitlin in America and Martin in Zimbabwe) changed each other's lives. The kids loved it! They were amazed and touched. Their teacher asked them "If Caitlin and her family could make a difference, what can the 27 of us do?" And with that, a challenge was born! They broke into groups and investigated 10 different charitable organizations in Africa, with a specific focus on Zimbabwe. The kids presented their findings to the class and they voted on which organization we wanted to support. The verdict? American Foundation for Children with AIDS and Seeds of Africa.

Then, they brainstormed ideas of how they could raise money. They proposed three ideas to their principal, two of which were approved! Over three weeks they sold candy cane "candy grams" and raffle tickets for a Longaberger basket. They kept a tally on a giant poster every day for 10 days on their progress. The goal was $250 to purchase a goat for a family in Zimbabwe through Kids4Kids, with any extra money going towards “bricks” for Seeds of Africa.

They BLEW BY THEIR TOTAL! They collected a total of $568! With this money, the students decided to purchase TWO goats for families in Zimbabwe and the remaining $68 will be donated to Seeds of Africa. 

Wendy
Wendy
Dec 8, 2016

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

We're counting our blessings this holiday season at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.  It's been a great year and we have some incredible projects lined up for 2017.  All of them with the intention of helping HIV+ children and their caregivers break the cycle of poverty!

We continue to work closely with our partner on the sisal project (fiber from where bags, rope, and many other things are made) which hires HIV+ mothers so that their children can go to school, so that they can all eat well, and so that they have enough funds for their basic necessities. In addition, a school is attached to the project.  We are currently raising funds in order to build good, decent, hygienic bathrooms.

Your generosity is making a difference in lives of these children and their caregivers.  Thank you for supporting our work!  As you make your end of the year giving decisions, please keep us in mind so we can continue helping children in 2017 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 Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

Dec 7, 2016

More Orphaned Families are Being Trained!

Goats - Uganda
Goats - Uganda

We're counting our blessings this holiday season at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.  It's been a great year and we have some incredible projects lined up for 2017.  All of them with the intention of helping HIV+ children and their caregivers break the cycle of poverty!

In Uganda, a second set of orphaned families is being trained in livestock care and gardening.  The trainings involved different methodologies including but not limited to; Questions and answers, sharing of testimonies, self-reflections and interactions, role plays, lectures and demonstrations, field practicum among others. Both in class and field sessions were carried out on the different crops and animal both practical and theories.  In addition, field practicums were conducted to have hands-on knowledge in the identification of different diseases and pests for crops and animal diseases, how to treat and manage them locally, to practice crop spacing and animals housing construction and hygiene.  Your donations have purchased these goats and seeds for families in Uganda, and improved a child's potential in life.

Malnutrition is a serious and widespread problem in Uganda, but you have joined the fight through the gift of goats and gardens. So simple, yet SO powerful!  Your generosity is making a difference in lives of these children and their caregivers.  Thank you for supporting our work!  As you make your end of the year giving decisions, please keep us in mind so we can continue helping children in 2017 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 Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

 
   

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