Food and Self-Reliance for AIDS Orphans

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
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Summary

AFCA will provide small livestock (chickens, goats, pigs, or rabbits) to benefit children infected and/or affected by AIDS, as well a training needed to become self-sufficient as they raise flocks or herds for their own consumption and to sell. Large infrastructure help (boreholes, large hen runs, or rabbit homes) is also provided, when needed, in order to carry out these projects. Our aim is to make these children self-reliant and to be able to take care of themselves in the short and long run.
$35,000
total goal
$7,056
remaining
346
donors
2
monthly donors
7
years active

Challenge

Food insecurity is a big problem for most Zimbabweans and Congolese, but it affects orphans even more. With El Nino wrecking havoc throughout Africa, - raining too much in some places and not raising at all in others - crops are failing and more people that ever are going hungry. When children go hungry, they start missing school as they are too weak to walk the long distances. They also can't take their medicine, as their bellies hurt when food isn't cushioning the meds.

Solution

Each orphaned child will receive training so they can grow and eat nutritious food through a viable, sustainable livelihood activity - growing veggies and fruit and raising animals to produce eggs, milk and meat. This project provides a medium and long term solution to hunger, allowing orphaned households to eat well while learning how to provide for themselves.

Long-Term Impact

3000 children/guardians will receive the skills, training, seeds, and livestock needed to start their own gardens and flocks/herds. Food sustainability allows the families to eat well, which means that they will take medicine regularly. Guardians will have the energy needed to work around the home and in places of employment while children can return to school, strong enough walk there and to concentrate. The pay-it-forward component in the program guarantees other families will benefit, too.

Resources

http:/​/​www.AFCAids.org
UNICEF Zimbabwe Information
Zimbabwe Country Information
Food Insecurity in Zimababwe - World Food Program

Organization Information

American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Location: Harrisburg, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.AFCAids.org
Project Leader:
tanya weaver
Harrisburg, PA United States
2016 Year End Campaign
Time left to give
$27,944 raised of $35,000 goal
 
610 donations
$7,056 to go
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