Goats for children affected by HIV/AIDS

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
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Goats for children affected by HIV/AIDS
Goats for children affected by HIV/AIDS
Goats for children affected by HIV/AIDS

Simon is one of the beneficiaries under the AFCA project having received agricultural seeds, training and livestock. 

He tells us, “Before we received support, life was so rough. Education, medical attention, food and housing among others were all a big challenge. But now, this is no more." In fact as we departed his home, he was taking one of his children for medication in a nearby drug shop.

Currently, Simon has two mature goats and two kids they bore have also matured and he will soon be passing them on to another family.  He notes that it’s very imperative to take care of the livestock as much as we take care of our children because without that care, they will fall sick and eventually die.  We are pleased that Simon has taken their care seriously and attends the livestock workshops offered.

The medical, economic, health as well as the nutritional challenges that used to be predominant are now well managed. He’s able to meet the children’s education and medical requirements, buy them clothing and also ensure that they enjoy a balanced diet enjoying some potatoes.  All possible because of the agricultural and livestock projects funded and monitored by AFCA.

The team here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS thanks you for supporting this project and the work we do for the children in Africa.  If you would 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. 

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Greetings from Uganda!  As I write to you, I find our beneficiaries are very optimistic and have high hopes of benefiting from the project because 33 goats have given birth and the kids are still surviving.  The project has raised the hopes and increased commitment of caregivers towards poverty eradication.  It has increased on experience sharing on treatment and adherence practices for those with adherence challenges among care givers who are the beneficiaries, and this has greatly improved general adherence and proper drugs consumption among the members.

Families appreciate the project so much for it has caused a tremendous change in their lives as it has improved their wellbeing in terms of income and nutrition.  Positive changes are being seen every day.  Most importantly, our children are healthier and they are able to attend school on a regular schedule. 

The team here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS thanks you for supporting this project and the work we do for the children in Africa.  As you start to make decisions regarding your end of year giving, please keep us in mind so we can continue our good work into 2019 and beyond.  We wish you a new year full of many blessings and as much hope as you have shared with us.  If you would 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. 

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Manny and His Children with their Pigs
Manny and His Children with their Pigs

Manny and his family are AFCA beneficiaries, and we love to hear from them!  They received 3 female pigs and one male.  In addition, they received seeds for planting.

When we first met Manny, he was at a loss for which way to turn.  He wasn't able to properly feed his children, much less send them to school.  Jeffery, the oldest was starving for food and for knowledge. Then they were approved for our livestock and agriculture projects, and everything changed.

‘’I am very grateful for the support I have gotten from AFCA project.  I was given 3 female and 1 male  pigs and planting seeds. When my pigs give birth I will sell the piglets and get school fees for my children."  Manny is very determined to move forward with his pig project and provide for his family on all the basic essentials of life.  Your generosity has been life-changing for Manny and his family.

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa. thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

Manny in His Maize Garden
Manny in His Maize Garden
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Anna and Daughter
Anna and Daughter

‘’I am very happy with Baylor Uganda for the support they have extended to my family under the AFCA project. I was given seeds in the form of ground nuts and maize for planting and also given some agronomic training.  As I talk, now I am expecting to harvest some produce out of the seeds that I was given’’

Anna's family is one of many in our projects in Uganda. Their life was filled with despair and illness and hunger.  Now they have hope in their hearts as they learn about gardens and livestock.  They feel healthier, and proud to take care care of something of their own.

Anna was given three female goats, and two have given birth to four kids which brings the number of her goats to seven. She has been visited and supported, according to our requirements.  The family is able to handle the day to day care of the goats, which brings great pride.  Our partners at Baylor Uganda are there to answer questions and guide them through breeding and vaccinations.

‘’I feel I have no words to use in thanking Baylor and AFCA because the support extended to my family is very much. This is because they found me in a very worrying situation as a widow and always very sickly, looking after my two children was not easy. With the AFCA project I feel my family will be alright’’

Anna believes she can use the benefits from the AFCA agriculture and livestock projects to educate her children and properly provide for her  family.  And we're here to help her every step of the way!  Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa. thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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Just over a year ago, the American Foundation for Children with Aids partnered with us to supply goats to vulnerable homes. At the end of 2017 we were in a position to release our first goats into their new homes within our community.   To make it even more significant, 4 ladies representing AFCA came to assist with the delivery of the 15 goats.

Tara Fisher spent 6 months with us in 2016 through to 2017.  She helped us set up the herd and records.  It was a very busy time and nothing ever went accordingto plan!  She learned the crazy ways of Africa and missed us all so much that she came back for the first goat hand-outs!  She brought with her, Tammy, Kaitlyn and Rebecca to assist.  Tammy blessed us with her knowledge of goats and was able to help and advise in so many areas – including lancing an abscess on the udder of one of our does, and she operated under a tree with minimum First World medical tools.  The doe has fully recovered!

We delivered the first goats to Edelow, a widow who has several children.  She was ecstatic to receive Daisy, Hope and Speck.  Within days Daisy surprised her a girl kid.  The next delivery was to Deliwe, who lives with her mother and several grandchildren. She received KitKat, Nutmeg and Fern.

Next in line was Media, a deserted wife who has 6 sons who she has almost single-handedly managed to get through school.  She has also been supporting Gracious, her granddaughter who was ‘sent’ to her to be looked after.  Media and Gracious received Cali, Carlos and Moo.  Cali presented the family with twins not long after settling in!

Then came Joyce, although she is known as Sister in the community.  In Sister’s household she has her son and his wife and several grandchildren.  Sister is also a widow.  Her son has planted cotton bushes, apple trees and several unusual varieties of trees in their homestead garden.  Sister’s small vegetable garden is also very productive and she plants a variety of vegetables.  The goats Sister received were Penn, Brittany and Zoey.  We heard that Zoey gave birth to a healthy baby girl last week!

Our last delivery was to Gladys who lives in a very poor household.  She is a much younger wife to an older gentleman.  They have 4 children who should be attending school but due to lack of finances only one of them is able to attend.  The family received Blythe, Augassi and Mary, who thinks what is outside the pen is tastier than what is inside. Augassi has delivered a girl kid since arriving.

From a breeders point of view it was very hard to part with these lovely goats who we had watched improve so much since they first arrived.  We got to know their characters- who was friendly and who needed a little more attention than others.  Delivering them and seeing the happiness and excitement on the recipients’ faces somehow eased the hurt of parting with them.  And now they are settled in their new homes it is so good to hear when they are having babies, especially when they are girls so the herd can grow.  Their new owners are jubilant to announce when their ‘girls’ give birth. 

From all of us in Zimbabwe to all of the donors of this project, we thank you for your generous hearts.  Your support is making a big difference in the lives of vulnerable families in our community.

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