Food and Self-Reliance for AIDS Orphans

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
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Chickens
Chickens

We're counting our blessings this holiday season at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.  It's been a great year and we have some incredible projects lined up for 2017.  All of them with the intention of helping HIV+ children and their caregivers break the cycle of poverty!

In an orphanage called Family Harvest Village located in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, AFCA has sponsored the building of a chicken coop which houses approximately 1000 laying hens.  These hens produce eggs, which are a source of protein for the children who live in the orphanage, as well as for all the staff who work there.  Without the eggs, the protein the children need to grow up healthfully would be missing, as meat and other sources of protein are quite expensive in a country wracked by drought and hunger. With that in mind, a few trays of eggs are donated each week to other local orphanages who do not have chickens of their own.  The children there get the chance to eat something delicious, which is also nutritious – and all of it coming out of one coop!

The majority of the eggs produced are sold throughout the city of Bulawayo – to restaurants, schools, and hospitals.  The eggs are amazing!  Dark yellow yolks and large, they are a preferred egg by everyone and even though it is a difficult time in the country, folks are willing to pay top price for them.  The money earned from these sales is divided in two – half goes to the orphanage for other needs, such as diapers, medicine, school fees, and food.  The other half is saved so that a second coop can be set up.  It is so exciting to see how a dream becomes reality.  And that reality becomes hope for many people. 

Thank you for supporting our work!  As you make your end of the year giving decisions, please keep us in mind so we can continue helping children in 2017 and beyond.  We wish you the best year ever, full of every blessing and happiness imaginable, knowing you are a hope-giver.   If you'd like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the children you have helped, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

Chickens 2
Chickens 2
Carla
Carla

Words directly from Carla ..

Thank you to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS and its staff.  I was really poor and I managed to bear the burden of my family.  When I was chosen to participate in your programs, my family began to grow.  I've been able to grow vegetables, maize, beans and other produce.  We are able to eat and sell some to others so our family does not go hungry. 

I have also received 4 sheep - 3 females and 1 male.  I often had the threat of thieves in Gemena, so I requested help from the project manager.  They helped me transfer my animals to another village where they are safe.  Breeding has been successful and I now have 5 sheep.  I will soon be able to return 2 sheep back to the program so other families may participate and I will become independent.

Carla is able to share this amazing story because of your generosity.  Her family is no longer hungry, and she is able to educate the orphans in her care.  With our partners on the ground, the children and their families receive the support and monitoring they need to make this a very successful project. 

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about this program or others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@afcaids.org.

Ngbando Family
Ngbando Family

Greetings from the Ngbando family!  We are sending our thanks to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS for including us in your self-reliance project.  I am happy to send you a report on our family project.  I had no opportunity to educate my children until your help arrived.  We received seeds and rabbits and have been able to produce enough food.  We eat them and sell them to provide an education and clothing for our children.  The rabbits have multiplied to the point that we were able to complete our contract.  We now have 9 rabbits for the family!  With all my heart, I thank AFCA and your supporters.  God bless you and I hope this encourages you to continue this blessing. 

May these words from the Ngbando family bring you joy in knowing you have made a difference!  Together we are changing lives and the future looks brighter.  If you have questions or are interested in learning more about this program or others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@afcaids.org.

Kale
Kale

Here are some of the beneficiaries of our gardening project standing in their vegetable beds. Doesn't it look amazing? The kale is doing quite well, although it has smaller leaves compared to the cabbage. Check out the huge head of cabbage Frederick is holding on the left. The report from our partner described the cabbage as lovely. The best thing about this photo and report is that the families in the photo are harvesting the vegetables for their families.

Thanks to your donations to support this livestock and agricultural project, the families are eating well. Dozens of children are going to school and are feeling generally healthy. They have a bright future and they understand that your financial support makes it all possible.

Please know that your generosity is truly making a difference in the lives of these families and many more in our program. With our partners on the ground, the children and their families receive the support and monitoring they need to make this a very successful project. We are changing lives day after day. These families feel your love, and so do we at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about this program or others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@afcaids.org.

Moyo
Moyo

What an amazing year it has been for AFCA's children, thanks to YOU! Because of YOU, thousands of children are thriving and hopeful. Because of YOU, hundreds of children had good food to eat this year. Because of YOU, hundreds of children have livestock and seeds with which to start small businesses. We don't have enough words to thank you for what you've done because it is huge...it is life changing.

Let me introduce you to 22 year-old Moyo. He is one of the gardening beneficiaries, and is the head of his family. During a recent support visit, he already had a thriving cabbage vegetable plantation which he was harvesting a bit by bit for his young siblings for relish. The secret behind the young man’s success is simply following the basic gardening skills AFCA has taught him during our workshops. For instance, the young man transplanted his cabbage simultaneously with the other beneficiaries and he is already harvesting. These days the sun is so hot in this country, and Moyo's most reliable weapon is mulch. He does not need to water every day as the mulching will preserve the much needed moisture.

As this year comes to a close, we want to thank you for the donations you've made to support our work. If you are making your end of the year giving decisions, please keep us in mind so we can continue helping children in 2016 and beyond. Please share what we do with others, so they, too, can help our children. Together, we CAN make a difference.

We wish you the best year ever, full of every blessing and happiness imaginable, knowing you are a hope-giver. If you would like to learn more about AFCA and our programs, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org.

 

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American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Location: Harrisburg, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.AFCAids.org
Project Leader:
tanya weaver
Harrisburg, PA United States

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