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.
May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day from our Zambian Families

This Mother's Day give a gift of health to a family in Zambia. Our  malaria prevention program provides long lasting insecticide treated bed nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. Your ongoing support has helped in keeping children malaria free, healthy and in school.

Impact of Usage of Mosquito Bed Nets on Children's' Health

Over the last five years, we have been able to provide 6,800 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families in Zambia. These nets were used by an estimated 27,200 children (as each net can sleep up to four young children) or 13,600 adults (as each net can sleep two adults). Nets are provided to people who are vulnerable to malaria; for example, people living with HIV, older people, expecting moms, young children, and people with TB. Use of bed nets has led to a marked improvement in the health of all beneficiaries but the impact on the health of young children has been much greater. This is because malaria can have severe consequences on the health of younger children whose bodies have yet to develop the strength to fight the disease. In addition, malaria can be fatal for an HIV+ child who is malnourished, and an HIV+ pregnant woman. Finally, people living with HIV are three times as likely to suffer from malaria, as compared to a person who is HIV negative.

Need For Nets: The need for several thousand more nets is ongoing for the following reasons: (i) in low income areas in Zambia, there are several water logged areas/sewers which are breeding grounds of mosquitoes, (ii) due to an unemployment rate upwards of 60%, most beneficiaries live on less than a dollar a day and cannot afford a net, and (iii) a high rate of HIV incidence increases their vulnerability to malaria.

At this time we are raising funds to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) and education on malaria prevention in June 2015 and before the start of the next malaria season. Please donate generously to help save lives. A donation of $10 will provide two nets that can prevent malaria for a family of two adults and 3-4 small children.

Thanks for your compassion.

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Mar 15, 2015

"Safe Parks" Continue to Provide Children with a Fun Place to Play, Learn and Grow

About “Safe Parks”:  “Safe Park” is a program that is free and open to all children in the community of Matero in Lusaka, Zambia. The community of Matero is one of the largest (population of around 200,000) and poorest compounds in Lusaka, with an unemployment rate upwards of 60% and a high incidence of HIV and malaria. Most residents live on less than a dollar a day. Children growing up in this community are vulnerable to grief, distress and trauma (due to the loss of a parent/family member, the child herself being sick, lack of enough food etc.). “Safe Park” provides the children an opportunity for fun, and learning in a healthy environment. Trained child and youth care workers educate the children via games, drama, role play, poetry, and discussions on topics relevant to the children. Discussion topics with older children range from overall health, hygiene, prevention of HIV and malaria, to sexually transmitted diseases and safe sex. The younger children engage in drawing, coloring, soccer, playing with building blocks, singing and dancing. In addition, homework help is provided.  Family members of children who are not growing normally (physically or mentally) are counselled and referred to the appropriate agency for further assistance. Lastly, HIV+ expecting moms are counselled on how to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV so that they can deliver a baby who is free of HIV.

Impact: The younger children have fun and are able to play and learn in a safe environment. Discussion on sensitive topics with older children, leads to increased knowledge about HIV, reduces stigma and encourages them to adhere to their medication. Homework assistance helps the children do better at school, and provides an incentive to attend school every day. Family members are encouraged to go in for testing for HIV which is the first step toward prevention of HIV.

Overall, these 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.   

Beneficiaries: Direct beneficiaries are about 75-80 children and families who participate each week. The beneficiary children range in age from two to sixteen years old. Indirect beneficiaries are family members who are counselled and referred to other agencies. At this time we have a total of about 760 children enrolled in this program.  

Next Steps: A few children who have graduated from our pediatric HIV care program after turning 18 years old, come back to mentor the younger children. They play games, help with homework, share their experiences, and encourage the children to take care of their health and stay in school.

Thanks for your support.

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Mar 1, 2015

We are adding more 50 New Children to our Pediatric HIV Care Program

As a result of your generosity and support, we will be adding 50 new HIV positive children to our program this month. The children have been identified and will be receiving food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services till they turn 18 years of age. The package of health care services includes 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, their caregivers (most are single moms and many are grandmothers caring for multiple orphans) will be undergo a five day training in caring for an HIV positive child.

Impact of this program: Once the child has been on our program for a few months, the child improves in health (as measured by a gain in weight/CD4 counts), and has fewer missed days from school due to sickness. In addition to improving the child’s health, the child’s family knows how to take care of the child, and other sick members in the family and understand the importance of keeping children in school. In addition, family members begin to come forward for testing for HIV, which is the first step in prevention of this disease. Finally, women on our program share their knowledge about caring for an HIV+ child and become role models for others in the community

Training to Caregivers: The goal of the training is to equip parents/guardians in basic nursing skills and psychosocial counseling so that the child is under the care of a trained caregiver 24/7.  Post training, parents/guardians are able to take care of different kinds of opportunistic infections that are common among HIV positive children at home and are able to identify situations when the child needs a higher level of care. As a result, most children to improve/stabilize in health and have fewer opportunistic infections once they have been on our program for 4-5 months. 

Profile of the New Children: Out of this group of 50 children, 33 children are female and the rest are male. The children range in age from two to sixteen years with a majority of them in the age range from 6-12 years and most between 2-16 years. Since most of the children are of school going age, we will ensure that the children attend school and also educate caregivers on the importance of keeping children in school. Our goal is for these children to stay heathy and graduate middle, and high school.

With the addition of these 50 children, we will have a total of 250 HIV+ children on our program. Every one of these 250 children will receive food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services. As a result, most children stabilize/improve in health, attend school and live close to normal lives so that they can grow up to become contributing members of their community.  

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