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.
Oct 9, 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 month 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.”

Sep 18, 2015

Food

Family Garden
Family Garden

John is pictured here with his siblings.  And it's hard to imagine, but John is the head of the family.  He looks after his siblings with the assistance of some locals since his parents passed away in 2012.

John has the responsibility to see that Mary, Shupi and Farai have food on their table.  As you can see, their garden is quite green but they need some help finding the right spot for some of the vegetables.  We have engaged some local families to help teach this young man how to transplant his plants properly.

This family can achieve so much with this beautiful garden and the right support.  Thanks to your donations, we are able to give them a chance to grow their own food and attend school.  And that means more than you know to this brother as he cares for his siblings.

Please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@afcaids.org if you would like to learn more about this program or others provided by the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.

Sep 18, 2015

Furaha, Hadija and Sofia

Furaha
Furaha

I'm sure our donors appreciate our thank you notes, but they LOVE to hear about the success stories and the children in our programs.  Let's meet some of the girls who are attending school because of your generosity.

Furaha has joined secondary school.  We were able to cover her school fees, uniforms, shoes and books. Furaha is a member of senior teens support group and she is healthy and enjoying the time in school.

Hadija is doing well and and is showing a great interest in school. Her school requirements were met and this year she has been promoted to new class. She is a member of junior teens support group and last year she attended a workshop.

Sofia is feeling great and has joined class 6 this year.  She has met all her school requirements, and she is serious about her education.  She has promised even better results this year!  Sofia is an active member of junior teens support group and is active in her school community.

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of these young women.  They are thriving and looking forward to a future because of your generosity!  Please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@afcaids.org if you would like to learn more about this program or other programs at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.

Hadija
Hadija
Sofia
Sofia
 
   

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