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.
Jul 19, 2016

Regina's Garden

Regina
Regina

A variety of vegetables in Regina’s garden have outlived its period and she is looking forward to receiving new seeds to plant.  She has some seeds she saved, like tomatoes and peas which she is going to plant before receiving seeds from our program.  We have urged our beneficiaries to save seeds and they are doing that.  Regina is 56 years old and has four children.  Three of them are attending school!  Simon is 7 years old and is pictured with Regina.  He should have started school, but has been able to do so because of his poor health.

Like most beneficiaries, Regina is very hardworking and has managed to provide her children with the vegetable nutrition they need, and  she has gone an extra mile selling some of the vegetables from her garden to raise money for children’s other needs.  Your donations to support our Zimbabwe livestock and agricultural project have made this all possible for Regina and many other families just like hers.  The health of children is improving daily and they are able to attend school.  The future is brighter and you have made dreams come true!

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about this program or others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@afcaids.org.

Jun 15, 2016

The Future Looks Brighter

Ngbando Family
Ngbando Family

Greetings from the Ngbando family!  We are sending our thanks to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS for including us in your self-reliance project.  I am happy to send you a report on our family project.  I had no opportunity to educate my children until your help arrived.  We received seeds and rabbits and have been able to produce enough food.  We eat them and sell them to provide an education and clothing for our children.  The rabbits have multiplied to the point that we were able to complete our contract.  We now have 9 rabbits for the family!  With all my heart, I thank AFCA and your supporters.  God bless you and I hope this encourages you to continue this blessing. 

May these words from the Ngbando family bring you joy in knowing you have made a difference!  Together we are changing lives and the future looks brighter.  If you have questions or are interested in learning more about this program or others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@afcaids.org.

Jun 13, 2016

Update from the Field

I'm in Africa visiting our programs this summer.  I'm so pleased to share updates with you right from the field.  I was in Mombasa for several days and visited Furaha, a girl whose been in the program for many years. At 17, she finished high school and is now in tailoring school.  We want to support her throughout this difficult transitional time, as she needs to get a skill and start putting it to use if she is going to break the cycle of poverty.  I walk into a poorly lit sewing school where 20 girls are learning how to sew.  The low hum of voices is heard over the hum of treadle machines as we arrive for an unplanned visit.  The teacher is walking through the tables, looking at work being done.

Suddenly, she stands up and says, “Tanya!” in such a tender way, it brings tears to my eyes and we wrap our arms around each other.  I am touched that she remembered me so quickly, even though I would know her anywhere.  She's been in our program since she was 8, so she is family to me. We hug for a while and I am so glad to see her.  She looks well and she is proud of getting a skill. She shows me a pair of shorts she made and when i hold the up to my waist, all the girls break out laughing.   I encourage her to keep going, to do well, to excel in what she does and I find myself promising her a sewing machine if she completes the highest course so that she can start a business.  It will take her three years to get a diploma and let her know how proud we are of her to embark in this career. As I encourage her not to give up, I know I am asking for much as every single day, she must make the decision between eating lunch or taking a bus to school.  Sometimes she doesn’t have the 20 cents required for the bus, so she misses school, but she assures me she will do her best, which is all we want from and for her.

(I'm unable to upload photos from the field, as internet access has been spotty.  We will upload a photo of Furaha when Tanya return to the USA.)

 

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