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 19, 2015

Help Celebrate Father's Day by Giving a Gift of Fun and Learning to a Vulnerable Child in Zambia

Happy Father's Day! Help us celebrate by giving a gift of fun and learning to a vulnerable child in Zambia.  

We believe that playing games, coloring, singing, dancing, and playing with building blocks is essential for the normal physical and mental development of a child. Our "Safe Park" program provides the right environment for educational games and activities. As a result of continued partcipation in this program, (i) younger children participate in games with enthusiasm, have fewer fights, and share toys more easily; (ii) older children are more comfortable in discussing their problems with youth counselors, asking for help with homework, and disclosing problems encountered by a friend and/or neighbor, (iii) there is an improvement in self-esteem and mental and physical competency, (iv) development of social skills via sharing, following rules, fairness, and cooperation, and (v) development of better social relations with peers and adults.

Power of Love's “Safe Parks” program is free and open to all children in the community of Matero, in Lusaka Zambia. Every Saturday morning children from this community, join our trained child and youth care workers in educational games and engage in drama, role play, and discussions. Most children have developmental problems (mental or physical) and are vulnerable to disease as they are growing up in an environment with a high incidence of HIV, may have lost a parent, their own HIV positive status, lack of enough food etc. These children need counseling and special care for normal development. Children are encouraged to play and interact with their peers while the Project Nurse observes them for any signs of distress, trauma or grief. Family members are provided with counseling and referrals to agencies that can help the child develop normally.

An example of a game that teaches children cooperation, problem solving and develops trust between peers is, “Ship Ship Come Home”. In this game the children are divided into two groups. One group shouts to the other group “Ship Ship come home!” and children from the opposite group run to catch friends from the other side. The children who are caught join the group which caught them.

Overall, games and activities improve the children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development and overall health. Better health leads to fewer missed days at school, and higher school performance. At the very minimum this program keeps children off the streets where they can get into trouble or get abused.   

Thanks for your caring and support.

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Jun 19, 2015

We are Celebrating Fathers by Keeping Families Free from Malaria in Zambia

Happy Father’s Day! At Power of Love, we are celebrating dads all over the world by working to keep children in school and free from malaria. This week, we were able to provide 2000 long-lasting insecticide-treated nets and education on malaria prevention to our community. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to work toward our goal of eradicating malaria one child and one net at a time. At this time we are waiting for pictures from the field and hope to post pictures of the 2015 malaria prevention activities soon.     

Over the last six years, we have been able to provide 8,800 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. These nets helped prevent malaria for an estimated 35,200 children (as each net can sleep up to four young children) or 17,600 adults (as each net can sleep two adults). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), sleeping under a bed net is one of the most effective ways of preventing malaria.  

The need for additional nets is ongoing as most people in our community live on less than a dollar a day and are unable to purchase a net. Please donate to help provide additional bed nets and education, which in turn has shown to keep children in school and free from malaria. A donation of $10 provides two nets that can prevent malaria for a family of two adults and 3-4 young children. And, as always, 100% of your donations go towards programs and no part is used for overheads.  

Have a safe and happy summer.

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May 10, 2015

This Mother's Day Help a Mom/Grand Mom Care for her Children

Happy Mother’s Day!

The Power of Love team would like to thank you for supporting our pediatric HIV care program in Zambia. As a result of your generosity we were able to add 50 HIV+ children last month. With the addition of these children, we will have a total of 250 HIV+ children who are receiving a comprehensive package of life saving health care services and will do so till they turn 18 years of age. This package includes food, medicines, weekly health visits from community health workers, regular visits from the Project Nurse, psycho-social counseling, education in HIV prevention, and adherence monitoring and training for older children. In addition, caregivers (most are single moms and many are grandmothers caring for multiple orphans) of children completed a five day training in caring for an HIV positive child.

We would like to share stories of two children enrolled in our program last March. These two children are typical and their experiences can provide a baseline for assessment of the impact of our program on the health and well-being of most children.

Theresa (name changed) is 13 years old, both her parents are HIV+ and she is on ARV medication. She is living with her mom, stepfather, and two siblings. Her stepfather does not have a full time job so it is difficult for him to support the whole family. Her mom is expecting a new baby and has been enrolled in Power of Love's PMTCT program to ensure that the baby is born HIV free. Theresa joined our program due to her difficult family situation and poor health. At this time, she is receiving food, medicines and weekly health checkups from our community health worker, psycho-social counseling, and education on prevention of STI’s. Her mom received training in caring for an HIV+ child so she can prevent/identify/treat infections or escalate care to the next higher level of medical care. We are confident that Theresa will benefit from the care provided, will start to improve in health, and attend school.

Cole (name changed) is a five year old boy, and the youngest of three siblings. He lives with his parents who are both on treatment for HIV. He tested positive for HIV six weeks after birth. In 2014, he was very sick due to severe malnutrition and was in hospital for a month. He has been receiving a high protein soya supplement in addition to food, medicines and weekly visits from our community health worker/Nurse. His mom was trained in caring for an HIV+ child so that she can prevent/treat common infections before they compromise his health. We are happy that Cole is showing signs of better health already and has started gaining weight slowly. We are confident that his health will continue improve in the coming months and that he can start school next year. He is an active boy and plays well with his peers.

Thanks for giving children like Theresa and Cole a chance to live close to a normal and healthy, active life. 

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