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.
Sep 16, 2015

Sharon's Success Story!

Our donors always appreciate a note of thanks, but they LOVE to hear about how their donations are making a difference in the lives of children. 

Sharon was enrolled in our care at 14 years of age, but her adherence was poor which prompted a visit to the her home.  The team found a family conflict between her mother and father.  Sharon's father left their home, only to return six months later to sell it.  In addition, her mother turned to drinking for comfort.  Sharon was suffering and her mother could not take her for care.

How do we turn around a devastating situation like Sharon was facing?  We start with frequent home visits plus continuous counseling and support.  Sharon's mother eventually stopped drinking and started supporting the care and treatment of her daughter.  In response to the medication, Sharon's health quickly improved from poor to good.

Does this story have a happy ending after so much suffering?  Sharon's mother stabilized and managed to get a job working for a cosmetic manufacturing plant in a nearby town.  The best news is that Sharon's health improved to the point that she is now very healthy and looks to the future with hope.

Thank you for making a difference in Sharon's life by supporting our programs.  If you would like to learn more about AFCA and our other programs, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@afcaids.org.

Sep 15, 2015

A fridge and training go a long way

solar vaccine fridge
solar vaccine fridge

Well, friends, we managed to raise the funds, purchase, deliver and install the fridge - check out the attached photos.  It is so amazing to have this fridge in a very remote part of the country, thanks to donors like you.

Why is this fridge so important?  Well, it will house vaccines which have to be flown in from the capital city of Kinshasa, allowing them to stay cool and protected until they are needed.  With the training of 5 community vet-techs, this project is ready to grow!  These vet-techs now know how to care for animals, how to check for worms and other illnesses, how to vaccinate them, and how to follow up with them.  In time, they will become trainers of other community people, sharing a wealth of information as the project grows and more orphans receive their gifted animals.

For an orphan, the gift of animals is life-changing: they eat eggs and meat and drink milk.  They use the manure for their gardens.  They can barter animals for other essentials.  Better yet, they have hope. Hope YOU helped give them and for which we are eternally grateful.

If you haven't yet, please check out this video  to see the project you supported.  I think you'll be touched.  Please do write me at tweaver@AFCAids.org if you'd like to learn more about our work.  I am always happy to share.

With immense gratitute,

 

tanya, on behalf of the children.

trained group of vet techs
trained group of vet techs
Sep 15, 2015

Transforming Lives for the Better

Triplets
Triplets

We love to share our success stories of transformation with the donors who make it all possible.  Last week we received this beautiful photo and words of appreciation.

Mrs. Ndlovu is a widow who had 10 biological children consisting of 5 boys and 5 girls who all died. In her words, her children died because of "umkhuhlane lo bantwabami" a local reference to HIV &AIDS. She buried her last child in 2010. Because of the trauma associated with the loss of all her children, she decided to relocate from one village to another within her area.

Mrs. Ndlovu had no assets (cattle or goats) but was taking care of 4 orphans. In 2012, she was identified as one of the beneficiaries for our livelihood project. She was then trained in small livestock management and was given 3 female goats.  She currently has 21 goats and she has passed on 3 goats to another needy family, per our agreement. The goats provide a source of milk and protein for the orphans while she uses goat manure for her nutritional garden. The livestock has boosted her self-worth within the community and she is able to sustain herself in an area affected by recurrent droughts.

Mrs. Ndlovu says that because she has her own livestock she is now "financially stable" as she knows that she can sell one goat and manage to get food supplies for two to three months. The local price of one goat is $85 and this is sufficient to pay school fees for three of her grandchildren for one school term.

When we visited her home, one of her female goats had given birth to triplets a day before the visit. In the photo, she holds the new members of the family with great pride and emotion. She says, “I do not know how to thank these people who have shown me such love. I truly believe angels are there and I thank God for his angels who have transformed our lives for the better.”

 
   

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