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.
Jun 15, 2016

Happy Father's Day! Celebrate fathers everywhere by giving a gift of health to a Child in Zambia

Father’s day is June 19! Let us celebrate fathers everywhere by giving a gift of health to a family in Zambia. Your donation will help prevent malaria, keep vulnerable orphans and children healthy and allow them to attend school.

Location and Need: Power of Love’s malaria prevention program is located in Matero – one of the largest and poorest compounds in Lusaka Zambia. This community is characterized with a high rate of unemplyment and a high incidence of HIV, AIDS and malaria (co-infections rates between malaria and HIV are high). Most residents are poor and live on less than $2 per day – defined as extreme poverty by the UN.  

Malaria Prevention Day 2016: In order to reduce the incidence of malaria in Matero, we will be providing 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families next month. Direct beneficiaries will be 8,000 young children or 4000 adults as a net can sleep four young children or two adults. Over the last six years, our malaria prevention program has benefitted an estimated 35,200 children or 17,600 adults via the provision of 8,800 insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria. 

Next Steps: We are raising funds to provide 5000 nets before the next malaria season in 2017.  The need for nets continues to be huge as most families cannot afford to purchase a net. Also, the recent rise in prices of essential items due to a fall in the value of the Zambian Kwacha in 2015, is causing increased hardship for residents in our community. The current inflation rate in Zambia is 21% and families need more support to survive these difficult times.  

Thank you for helping us eradicate malaria in Zambia. 

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Jun 15, 2016

Happy Father's Day! Meet Two First time Women Entrepreneurs Who Inspire Us Every Day

Father’s day is June 19! This Father’s day celebrate fathers’ everywhere by giving a gift of empowerment to first time women entrepreneurs who are struggling to take care of their families and pay for school expenses for their children. Your donation will help provide business training and micro loans to start a business to women impacted by HIV, and AIDS in Zambia.

Today we would like you to meet two ladies who started new businesses just a couple of months back. They are putting the business principles they learned recently into practice every day, and working hard to increase earnings so they can take better care of their families. At this time, we have 322 women like Gina and Mary (see their stories below) who are taking charge of their lives by selling groceries, used shoes, used clothes, cell phone covers, chair covers, etc. Most women in our micro loans program are trying to overcome adverse circumstances so their children and grandchildren can stay healthy and attend school. These ladies inspire us every day.        

Gina is a 63-year old widow. She had seven children but only four are living as she lost three children a few years back. Her household consists of nine members and she is the sole provider for six grandchildren (out of which three are orphans), two dependents and herself. One of her grandsons who is now six years old, has been sick since birth and is malnourished and underweight. The child’s father does not want to take care of his son and is ready to divorce his wife because of his son’s chronic ill-health.

Life has not been easy for Gina. She had no experience in running a business prior to enrolling in Power of Love’s micro loans program. After completing business training, she started selling charcoal. She buys big bags of charcoal (50 lbs). repackages the charcoal in 2-4 lb. bags and sells the smaller bags at a better price. She is gaining confidence in her ability to run a business and is more optimistic about her future. At this time Gina is in her first loan cycle and on track with repayments.

Mary is a 65-year old widow. She lost seven of her nine children and the remaining two are not in good health. She has 12 grandchildren, but only two are in school. Her oldest grandchild who is 20 years old, dropped out of school in grade nine. Her family cannot afford more than one meal per day.

Mary has several friends in Power of Love’s micro loans program and based on their testimonies she believed that she too can change her life for the better. After completing business training, she started selling charcoal. At this time, she is on track with repayments and happy as she is able to afford three meals for her family.

To Sum: Earnings from businesses enable several hundred women like Gina and Mary, to take better care of their families, keep children healthy, and pay for school and other household expenses. In addition, new women entrepreneurs have become role models, teachers, and mentors as they share their experiences and knowledge with others in the community.

Thanks for empowering women in Zambia.  

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Jun 15, 2016

Happy Dad's day! Celebrate Father's Everywhere by Giving a Gift of Health to a Child

Father’s day is June 19! This Father’s Day, celebrate fathers everywhere by giving a gift of health to an HIV+ child in Zambia. Your donation will help provide food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services to HIV+ children from an impoverished community in Zambia. In addition, family members of the children will be trained in HIV care and prevention.

Today, we would like you to meet two children who are enrolled in Power of Love’s pediatric HIV care program. Since joining Power of Love’s pediatric HIV care program, the health of these children has stabilized, they are able to attend school, and are living close to normal lives. 

Gwen (name changed) is 15 years old. She lives with her parents who are both HIV+, six siblings, and three others. She and three of her siblings are enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program. She was tested for HIV in 2002 as she was not gaining weight and suffered from frequent chest infections. Gwen and her mom joined our program due to her poor health. Once in our program, Gwen started ARV medication and treatment. Since then her health is stable and she is gaining weight. As a result of her receiving psycho-social counseling and training in adherence to medication, she adheres well to medication and goes for clinic appointments on her own. She likes school and is studying in grade seven.

George (name changed) was born in 2006 and lives with his grandmother as his parents are divorced. He was sick since he was a few months old and was treated at the hospital. In 2011, he was severely malnourished and suffering from pneumonia. George joined our pediatric HIV care program, was treated for pneumonia and other chest infections at the hospital and tested positive for HIV (his parents are HIV+). A few years, back he started ARV medication as his health was not improving. Since then his health has stabilized and he has not had a major illness. He attends school and loves playing with his friends.

To Sum: At this time, we have 300 HIV+ children like Gwen and George, under our care. All children receive food, medicines and package of life saving health care services. In addition, children who are malnourished receive a high protein soya supplement.  After a few months on the program, most children start gaining weight, show an improvement in health, start attending school regularly, and participate in games and activities with their peers.  

Thanks for your caring and support. 

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