Power of Love Foundation

Our Mission is: To turn back the tide of the global AIDS epidemic through innovative community responses that increase the effectiveness of prevention and care efforts. Our Vision is: A world where the AIDS epidemic is in continuous retreat, and people living with HIV/AIDS have access to loving care and treatment in an environment free of stigma and discrimination.
Mar 5, 2017

Our Pediatric HIV Care Program Strengthens Families

One of the families in our program
One of the families in our program

Our Program Strengthens Vulnerable Children and Families

Families in our pediatric HIV care program truly appreciate your continued support and dedication to provide health care services to 350 HIV+ orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia. The goal of this program is to strengthen the community by equipping families with tools to take care of their HIV+ children. Family members of children are provided with training in caring for an HIV+ child, and education in HIV prevention. Children are provided with psychosocial counseling to help adjust better to their positive status, trained in adherence to medication, and provided with education on safe sex and STI's. In the short term these interventions, lead to a better understanding of HIV, an improvement in the health of children, and an improvement in school attendance and performance. Also, with better understanding of HIV, the children grow up to be more self-reliant and make better decisions regarding their health. In the medium and long term, we are seeing happier children, a lower incidence of HIV, reduced stigma, and stronger families. 

Meet our heroes: We would like you to meet two children who have inspired us with their coping skills and love for learning amidst difficult circumstances. 

Alex is 14 years old and joined us in 2016. His lives with his parents, both HIV+, and three siblings. His father is unemployed but gets a small income as he has rented out one room. Alex tested positive when he was three years old but did not start treatment. His health has been poor for the last several years; he was suffering from fever, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. After enrolling in our program, he was provided with food, medicines, counseling, and training. Over the last few months, Alex’s health has improved, he is gaining weight, and his immune system is stronger. He is aware of his status and adheres to medications on his own. Alex is studying in grade seven, interacts well with peers and likes school. We are proud of Alex for learning to be self-reliant regarding his health and medication regimen.

Daisy is eight years old and the youngest in a family of five children. She is the only one who is HIV+ amongst her siblings.  She lost her dad to TB in 2013 and is cared for by her mom who is on treatment for HIV. There are total of six people in her home and they manage to eat two meals per day as her mom sells used shoes. However, it is difficult for Daisy’s mom to pay for expenses like rent, medicines and school. Daisy has been on treatment since she was a baby. Before she was enrolled, she complained of ear discharge, and skin rashes. Since joining our program her health is better and she can attend school regularly. She likes school and is studying in grade 2.

Thanks again for your dedication to provide care to orphans and vulnerable children like Alex and Daisy.  

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Mar 5, 2017

Do mosquito bed nets really work?

Demonstration of the proper use of a bed net
Demonstration of the proper use of a bed net

Impact of Project Mosquito Nets

The Power of Love team along with our Zambian families, would like to say a big “thank you” for supporting our malaria prevention program. As a result of your generosity and caring, we are seeing a reduction in the incidence of malaria in our community and with improved health more children are able to attend school regularly. This report describes the results of a study conducted to assess the effectiveness of our malaria prevention program.

Vision and Goals:  Our vision is to eradicate malaria from Zambia and our goal is to eradicate malaria from the community of Matero in Lusaka, Zambia. At our most recent malaria prevention activities in July 2016, we could provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on malaria prevention to families vulnerable to malaria. These nets benefit 8000 children or 4000 adults (as each net can sleep four young children or two adults).

Follow-up Study: A study to assess the effectiveness of this program was conducted in November 2016. Community health workers interviewed 400 beneficiaries regarding the proper use of nets and knowledge about malaria prevention. Goals of this study were to assess:

  • if families are sleeping under a net every night,
  • if nets are maintained and stored as demonstrated during the malaria prevention day activities,
  • if beneficiaries had knowledge about re-treatment of nets, and
  • if there was a decline in the incidence of malaria.

Results of the study were as follows:

  • Nets are used every night during malaria season. This is important as per the World Health Organization, sleeping under a bed net is one of the most cost effective and easiest ways to prevent malaria.
  • Most beneficiaries have better knowledge about proper storage and maintenance of nets. 
  • Most beneficiaries have knowledge regarding re-treatment of nets and that this service is available free of cost by the Zambian government agencies.
  • Each net was being used to sleep at least 2-3 children or two adults.
  • Most women had better knowledge about malaria prevention and symptoms of malaria.
  • Most nets were in good condition (not torn).
  • There is a reduced incidence of malaria in the community.
  • There are fewer missed days from school because of better health of children.

Need for Nets: The need for nets is huge due to water logging and poor drainage in several areas in the community of Matero. Most residents are poor and live on less than $2 per day, so cannot afford to purchase nets. In addition, there is a high incidence of HIV, malaria and TB in the community. Consequently, there is a need for several thousand nets to keep the community malaria free and healthy. 

Plans for 2017: Our goal is to provide at least 4000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on malaria prevention to families vulnerable to malaria in 2017.  

To sum, we are confident that as more families sleep under a net and take measures to prevent malaria, the incidence of malaria will continue to decline in our community in Zambia. 

Thanks for your dedication to prevent malaria in Africa.

 

  

Education on prevention of malaria session
Education on prevention of malaria session
Women listening to educational sessions
Women listening to educational sessions
Community organizations receiving nets
Community organizations receiving nets

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Mar 5, 2017

Betsy is a star

Amy knits and sells sweaters
Amy knits and sells sweaters

Our Micro Loans and Training Program is Changing Lives

Thanks for your continued support for our first-time women entrepreneurs. Your support is creating a legacy of self-reliant women entrepreneurs and a stronger community in Zambia. The goal of our micro loans program is to empower women by teaching them (i) marketable skills so they can run a business, save, and build capital, and (ii) how to prevent HIV and take care of their HIV+ family members. Earnings from businesses enables women to pay for food, rent and medicines and knowledge about HIV prevention and care keeps the family healthy so children can attend school. In a few months, most women in our micro loans program have learnt how to save, and built strong social networks which help overcome challenges at home or in business. These women inspire us every day.

Running businesses changes lives. In a relatively short span of time, say 10-12 months, we see women go from destitution to self-reliance, and from despondency to hope for a bright future. In addition, the more successful women enjoy a higher social status as they become role models and mentors. All these, lead to economic and social empowerment for loan recipients.     

Meet Betsy: Today we would like you to meet Betsy, a first-time women entrepreneur, who has inspired us with her hard work and is a role model for other women in the program. 

Betsy is the sole caregiver for five children. She successfully completed business training and received a loan last April. She used loan funds to purchase potatoes, oil and a big pan to cook and sell something we all love - chips! Just 10 months later, earnings from the sale of chips have helped pay for food, medicines, rent, and school expenses for her family. You can watch Betsy fry chips in this video. With dedication and hard work, Betsy has been able to pull herself out of poverty, and is on the road to self-reliance. She is on track with repayments and has built a strong social network over the past year. In addition, Betsy is now a mentor and role model for other women whose businesses are struggling. She encourages her peers to overcome challenges by working hard and to grow their businesses to keep their children healthy and in school. 

Thanks for changing lives by empowering women like Betsy. 

School girls buying from one of our entrepreneurs
School girls buying from one of our entrepreneurs
At a business training session
At a business training session

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