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Jan 16, 2020

Kurt Stabilizes with Constant Supply of Medicines

Kurt started attending the Baylor Clinic at 8 years of age.  He has basically grown up in the clinic and has been batting epilepsy ever since. He currently lives with his aunt following the death of his mother in 2008.  As a result of consistently missing doses of anti-epilepsy medicine due to various reasons like irregular supply, Kurt has been having seizures more frequently ... affecting is education and physical activities.

Kurt managed to complete his primary exams 4 years ago but was unable to continue due to his deteriorating metal state in terms of concentration and ability to remember what he has been taught. His aunt decided to enrol him in a vocational institute to learn welding but he was eventually dismissed from the institution when he had a seizure in a metal workshop and fell on electric cables for fear that the next seizure could be fatal.

Now with a constant supply of medicines from AFCA, Kurt has been able to stabilize and reports fewer seizures than before. He now owns a bicycle and fetches water for people to earn a living. He is very thankful for the support he receives from the clinic.

The team here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS thanks you for supporting this project and the work we do for the children in Africa.  As you make decisions regarding your end of year giving, please keep us in mind so we can continue our good work in 2020 and beyond.  We wish you a new year full of many blessings and as much hope as you have shared with us.  If you would 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 23, 2019

New Life

In last update, we all were praying the rains would not be long in coming.  The plants in the bush were sending out new growth hopefully and trees were starting to flower despite no sign of water.  I shared the purple Jacaranda tree flowers and this month we have amazing shows of the red flowers of the Flamboyant.  Our city of Bulawayo is awash with them as they take over from the purple to lift our spirits a little from the depressing Zimbabwean economy in which we are all trying to survive!  

Then after watching the skies for promising rain clouds, the rain arrived!  Delightful, refreshing and soaking rain.  Immediately the bush plants and trees were washed clean and new growth appeared overnight.  Also what appeared overnight were twin boys, Brad and Ben, born to the famous Piglet, the second doe in our original herd.  While in the community we discovered this sweet young donkey foal who we couldn’t resist sharing with you.  Although Brad and Ben are not yet sponsored they have been named after our grandboys! 

As a result of the struggles we had with water, this year, we have invested in water storage tanks that will be filled from rain water coming off the rooves of the new goat sheds, erected by the two AFCA teams who visited us this year.  The overflow will be fed into a holding reservoir.  In the last week we received about 5 inches of rain and the tanks are filling rapidly.  For us who live in a drought area, this is very exciting.  In one of the photos you can see a few of our team next to the one goat shed just after they had completed the installations.  This will be a huge benefit in the coming years.

Ruth, who visited us with one of the teams this year, ran an Embroidery Workshop for some of the ladies in our community.  It was such a great success that a number of the ladies have started a club in the hope of improving their skills.  I am not an embroider at all, but between us we are ‘playing’ and starting to develop ideas that may be able to supplement their income.  

Another year is nearly over.  Like everyone we have had highs and lows.  Fortunately, we had so many highs this year that we can hardly remember the lows!  As we watch our does produce such perfect little kids, it remains proof for us of our miracle-working God.  He is ever present in the little things as well as the big and nothing is too small for Him to involve Himself in!  As we finish this year may our own lives reflect the wonders around us. Despite the hardships and sadness we live through each year, may this Christmas and the coming year be filled with blessings.  As we enter our own 2020 race, whether it is a short sprint or a marathon, may we run it well and strong. 

The team here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS thanks you for supporting this project and the work we do for the children in Africa.  As you start to make decisions regarding your end of year giving, please keep us in mind so we can continue our good work into 2020 and beyond.  We wish you a new year full of many blessings and as much hope as you have shared with us.  If you would 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 19, 2019

Breaking of My Heart

A small woman with a wide smile greets us on the other side of an arch made of fronds. Her children, all holding flowers, shyly shake my hand as I enter their small plot of land and greet them one by one. Smiling gently, her husband stands back a little, letting her talk and entertain, gifting us with a plate of chicken eggs to take home. We are led to the seats they’ve set out in the open air for us, backed by a streamer entwined between trees and I feel like royalty in my cargo pants and hiking boots. I ask questions regarding the training they’ve received, the animals they are raising, and the garden they grow. They answer correctly, showing me that their training has been excellent. As with other families AFCA supports, they no longer need to purchase eggplant, onions, spinach, beans, corn, or peanuts, as they have enough for themselves and to sell.

Again, we look at their animals – goats this time – and find them healthy and cared for. Two are pregnant, moving this family closer to more stability in their lives. We check out the goat housing and with the brightest smile, Seraphine shows us corn stored for the winter. This, THIS, is a miracle. Something so small as stored corn is a symbol of a job well done, both by the trainers and by the families. This moment, standing in a dark little mud room, looking up at a wooden structure where the corn lays in a sack, is the moment when my heart breaks. I know it because my eyes fill with tears and my throat closes up, a lump forming so that it is hard to swallow. The father of the family comes up to me and asks earnestly that we continue this project so that others can benefit. He explains that his and his family’s lives have been changed and that he wants others to know the same joy. I can’t talk. I honestly can’t say a word because the lump in my throat won’t allow me to make a sound. I am glad for the darkness, as I am afraid I am about to cry. He is waiting for an answer, but I have no words.

Instead, I nod.

As we say that it is time for us to go, the family presents us with bananas and smiling, Seraphine points to her husband, who is tying the legs of a rooster. I look on, not quite understanding what is going on until he laughs out loud and hands the rooster to me, saying over and over again, “Merci Mingi (thank you very much)” with a huge smile on his face. Smiling back, I thank him profusely and learn how to say “my chicken” in Lingala. They all laugh as I point at the rooster on the motorcycle and declare him mine. It is a fantastic feeling, this giving and taking, this smiling and laughing. This breaking of my heart.

The team here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS thanks you for supporting this project and the work we do for the children in Africa.  As you start to make decisions regarding your end of year giving, please keep us in mind so we can continue our good work into 2020 and beyond.  We wish you a new year full of many blessings and as much hope as you have shared with us.  If you would 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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