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.
Nov 6, 2014

Mwanaidi can Focus on School

Mwanaidi
Mwanaidi

Please allow me to introduce you to Mwanaidi. She is 19 years old and belongs to a family of three.

Our partner in Mombasa connected with Mwanaidi after she shared her plans of getting babysitting work. Together, they explored the challenges she would face. Mwanaidi accepted that it was going to be difficult to take medicines in other people's homes, especially with no disclosure of her HIV status. The chances of her being stigmatized were high, to a point of losing her job. However, her greatest challenge would be keeping clinic dates and attending support group meetings. Mwanaidi understands how important her visit to the clinic and support group are to keeping her healthy.

Mwanaidi explored other options. She is now successfully engaged in a vocational course of dress making.  She is active and engaged, filling her with hope for the future.  Do you realize that YOU have helped her to be active and engaged?  By supporting our feminine hygience kit program, you have made a difference in the life of this young woman.  She doesn't miss school because of her period each month.  Mwanaidi can focus on her studies every day!  She is filled with hope for the future.

Thanks to your generosity, a second shipment of feminite hygience kits left our warehouse last month.  What does this mean for our kids in Africa?  Two hundred young girls will be following in Mwanaidi's footsteps.  They will get an education and change the world.  And you are a part of this change!

Would you like to learn more about our projects and the work we are doing every day? Please write us at tweaver@AFCAids.org. And, check us out on Facebook and Twitter and see what else AFCA is up to (@AFCAids).

Nov 4, 2014

Mwanaidi's Heart is Full of Hope for the Future

Mwanaidi
Mwanaidi

Please allow me to introduce you to Mwanaidi.  She is 19 years old and belongs to a family of three. 

Our partner in Mombasa connected with Mwanaidi after she shared her plans of getting babysitting work.  Together, they explored the challenges she would face.  Mwanaidi accepted that it was going to be difficult to take medicines in other people's homes, especially with no disclosure of her HIV status.  The chances of her being stigmatized were high, to a point of losing her job.  However, her greatest challenge would be keeping clinic dates and attending support group meetings.  Mwanaidi understands how important her visit to the clinic and support group are to keeping her healthy.

Your generosity and support of our school fee program allowed Mwanaidi to explore other options.  She is now supported in a vocational course of dress making.  What a difference you have made in her life!  Mwanaidi is now active and engaged in her studies, filling her with hope for the future.

Would you like to learn more about our projects and the work we are doing every day? Please write us at tweaver@AFCAids.org. And, check us out on Facebook and Twitter and see what else AFCA is up to (@AFCAids).

Oct 1, 2014

And the food keeps growing

Women taking corn to sell in their businesses
Women taking corn to sell in their businesses

I find myself laughing out loud.  Not a crazy laugh, but rather, a laugh of joy.  The kind that you can't contain, even when you are on your own and you just feel a little bubble of happiness come up from your belly until it gets so big, it comes out as laughter.  I laugh because this project is AMAZING.

The veggies just keep coming and the harvests are fantastic.  Maize, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant - all are being harvested weekly.  A large portion of the veggies are sold to restaurants, hotels and at the market.  The proceeds help with the costs to run programs for children affected and/or infected by AIDS.  A smaller portion is sold at a subsidized cost so that mothers can run small businesses and resell in the open market.  Another portion is given to malnourished children.  This is wonderful and we are so grateful that our little farm is doing so much.

Besides the veggies and fruit, the farm also has goats, chickens, guinea fowl, and rabbits - all to support the kids in our Mombasa program.  How cool is that?  Thank YOU for being part of this program...we coudn't do it without you.

Daniel, the farm manager is thrilled to have a new place to call home, too.  We are building him a nice, safe little house which he'll share with other farm workers.  This will allow them to cut out travel time and to enjoy the fruit of their labor (pun intended).  It is a huge benefit for these guys to have housing and food as part of their salary, so we are happy to be able to help them in this small way.  We hope to keep these guys with us for a long time, as they are dedicated and hard working, knowing that their labor is benefiting children in their communities. 

The big concern raised a few times today is the need for a truck, which will take all the veggies and fruit to market.   Right now, we are renting a truck to move the produce to market, but we really need to purchase a truck. I am trying to think creatively to see what we can do while we try to raise the funds needed for such a huge purchase (about $25k for a used truck).  If anyone out there has great ideas, let me know - tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

Daniel and his record book
Daniel and his record book
 

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