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 and well-being

Father’s day is June 19. Celebrate fathers everywhere by giving a gift of free and structured play to a child growing up in extraordinarily difficult circumstances in Zambia. Your donation will improve the physical and mental health of orphans and vulnerable children through their participation in educational games and activities.    

About “Safe Park: The goal of this program is to create a safe and happy environment for children to play and learn and the program is open and free to all children in the community. Games and educational activities keep the children engaged, happy, and off the streets for a few hours each week. Homework help is provided. In addition, while the children are engaged in activities, qualified health care professionals observe them for any signs of trauma, grief, and distress and counsel the family as needed. In cases of domestic violence and abuse the child is referred to the appropriate agency for further support.  

Location and Need: This program is located in Materoone of the largest and poorest compounds in Lusaka Zambia. This community is characterized with a high rate of unemployment and a high incidence of HIV, AIDS (prevalence rate of 12% among adults aged 15-49), and malaria. Most residents are poor and live on less than $2 per day. This difficult environment impacts the health of children in a number of ways. Further, many children are orphans (they have lost one or both parents to AIDS), many are living with HIV, and most are living with extended family members who are struggling to take care of the family. The children lack a stable environment as they may be passed on from one relative to another, have poor nutrition, lack of schooling, and may suffer from psychological and sexual abuse. As a result, children suffer from anxiety, feelings of abandonment, isolation, poor socialization, alienation, and an inability to adjust to their environment. Older children may find themselves in a position of being caregivers for their sick siblings or parents. Stigma associated with HIV aggravates these issues.   

Impact: Safe Park games and activities help children cope with difficult situations at home and have a positive impact on their mental health. These activities bring a sense of structure, safety, and normalcy to the child’s environment. Interaction with other children, both HIV+ and HIV free, reduces stigma associated with the disease. In addition, psycho-social support provided in an environment which facilitates discussions leads to an improvement in all aspects of the child's health (physical, mental, social, emotional and intellectual).

Almost all children who participate regularly show a significant improvement in their overall health. With better health they are able to attend school, and show an improvement in school performance. As the children do better at school they have started bringing in their progress reports for our child health workers. 

The impact of “Safe Park” activities has been positive on all children but more on children who have been traumatized and/or abused. In most cases, there has been a reduction in grief and trauma, and the child’s relationship with the family has been positively reinforced. In addition, the children develop a sense of belonging and hope for the future.

At this time, 780 children are enrolled and about 80-85 participate every week.

Thanks for giving the gift of health and well-being to vulnerable children in Zambia.

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May 8, 2016

Is There an Easy Solution for Malaria?

Happy Mother’s Day from our Zambian Families. This Mother's Day give a gift of health to a family in Zambia. Your ongoing support for our malaria prevention program keeps children malaria free, healthy and in school.

Malaria Prevention Day 2016: We will be providing 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria before the start of the next malaria season in 2016.

Impact: As a result of our malaria prevention program, we are seeing a reduced incidence of malaria and improved knowledge of malaria care and prevention in our community. In 2015 only two children out of 2000 beneficiary families contracted malaria, were treated, and are in good health.       

Is Malaria still a Problem? Globally, we lost 438,000 lives to malaria in 2015 even though this disease is easily preventable and curable. Children under five are especially vulnerable to malaria illness, infection and death and more than 800 children under five die of malaria every day. 

Our Solution: Every year before the start of the malaria season, we provide:

  • Long lasting insecticide treated nets children and families vulnerable to malaria
  • Education on prevention of malaria
  • Demonstration on the proper use and maintenance of nets.
  • Follow-up conversations to ensure nets are used and maintained properly.

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 in Zambia. These nets were used by 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). 

Why Nets? According to the WHO, sleeping under a mosquito bed net is one of the most effective means of preventing malaria and 90% of families with a bed net use it. Over the last two decades there has been significant progress made in reducing the incidence of malaria; but decreased coverage going forward can lead to a major insurgence of the disease.   

Why Zambia?: In Zambia, the need for nets is high as:

  • All areas are high malaria transmission areas. In our community many areas are water logged and a breeding ground for mosquitos.   
  • Vulnerability to malaria is high due to high incidence of HIV and TB: Malaria can be fatal for an HIV+ pregnant woman and it significantly compromises the health of children living with HIV.
  • Most people in our community of Matero live on less than $2 per day, defined as extreme poverty by the UN, and cannot afford a net.

Thank you for helping us eradicate malaria in Zambia. 

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May 8, 2016

Our Zambian family is growing

Happy Mother’s Day! This Mother’s Day help a Mom/Grandma keep her children/grandchildren healthy.

You will be happy to know as a result of your generosity and caring, we were able to add 50 children to our pediatric HIV care program last March. We now have 300 children under our care! Each of these 300 children receive food, medicines, and a package of life-saving healthcare services until they turn 18 years old. In addition, each child will have a personalized health plan for 2016. The 50 new children just completed a comprehensive health check-up last month. We are confident that over the next few months the new children will improve in health as measured by a sustained increase in weight and CD4 counts, so that they are able to attend school regularly.   

Children enrolled in November 2015: Last November, 15 children who were in very poor health were added to our pediatric HIV care program. Since then these children have been receiving 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, family members (most are single moms and many are grandmothers caring for multiple orphans) were trained in HIV care and training. As a result of this quality care, the health of all 15 children has stabilized, and they are able to attend school.  

Thanks for your caring and support. 

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