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
Jenny Caring for Her Goats at Home
Jenny Caring for Her Goats at Home

Jenny is 44 years and is a widow caring for eight children.  She is HIV+ and so is an 8 year old in her care.  Jenny and Sandy are both cared for safely by our partner, which made them eligible to receive 3 female goats through this project.

"Baylor and AFCA started supporting me in March 2017.  I had almost lost hope in everything.  They took me through an agronomic and animal production training that covered a whole week," Jenny told us.  At the same time, she benefited from a Village Savings and Loan Association training. This enables us easy monitoring of the households, and the caregivers are supported in groups for saving. These saving activities enable the households to buy vet services for the animals.

Jenny has since been blessed to have multiplication of her animals.  She is very excited because she received pregnant goats.  One goat gave birth to two kids in October; a male and a female, while the other goat gave birth to one female kid.  And the third goat is pregnant!  

From her group savings, Jenny she has been able to build a shelter for her animals.  She has also identified the next household to give three mature goats. She is taking good care of the animals so that they receive good quality animals like she did. Jenny now has hope to change her household situation by increasing the number of goats.

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 2018 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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Maggie is a caregiver of her two grandchildren.  Eli (age 13) and Liz (age 6) lost both of their parents to AIDS.  Grandma Maggie has lived a life full of challenges as she cared for her son and his wife and secondly, caring for their children hasn't been an easy task. 

Two years ago this sweet family received three goats.  They count these goats among their greatest blessings as they have given them three sets of twins!  This photo captured Maggie passing on the third set of twin kids to the next beneficiaries in our program.  This is a good day at AFCA, one which we also count among our blessings.

Maggie has been able to support Eli's education in one of the best secondary schools in the region.  She has been able to meet additional needs like medical care, school materials, food and medicine.  Maggie hopes the next visit we make to the area includes a visit to see Moses at school, to encourage him to read hard and become a doctor like the ones who have saved him.  We certainly look forward to meeting Eli and his family one day soon.

Please know that your generosity is truly making a difference in the lives of these two children 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.  Eli and Liz feel your love, and 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

 

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Angie is 52 years old and is a housewife with 7 children.  She was living a very unhappy life without hope until our partner stepped in to help her family through this livestock program.  The family’s life was difficult and their income was limited.  They had a little access to food and the children were not able to attend school, until they were given a chance ..

Angie’s family was given just one piglet.  It grew and reproduced as the family was given instruction to care for their pigs.  The multiplier effect of pigs is great and Angie believes she will be able to give one to another household very soon so the project will continue to expand.  This is an important part of our program and we’re so proud of Angie’s family for meeting the requirements.  They also plan to sell some pigs so they will have money for food and other necessities.  Angie is thankful to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS for this opportunity and hopes for continued contact and encouragement.

Please know that your generosity is truly making a difference in Angie’s life, and many others 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.  Angie and her children feel your love, and so do we at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.

Do you have questions about this program or others?  Please contact Tanya Weaver, Executive Director, at tweaver@afcaids.org

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It's always exciting to open an email with an update from one of our partners.  Even better when it includes a photograph like this that includes two new baby goats!

Let me introduce you to Jill and her family.  There are ten people in Jill's home.  Jill tells us that the beginning of her life was not easy, the situation was difficult with a limited income and little access to food.  This project greatly changed her life when our partner chose to support her family in this project.  She was given three goats, and they have reproduced.  Jill and her family was taught how to grow their own food, yielding a big harvest from a potato garden.  They were able to consume some and sell the rest.

Jill and her family look forward to gifting the next household because the entire community needs to be transformed. They greatly appreciate the American Foundation for Children with AIDS for all that it has done to change their situation, now they can stand independently on their own.

Please know that your generosity is truly making a difference in Jill's life, and many others 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.  Jill and her family feel your love, and so do we at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.

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Goats - Uganda
Goats - Uganda

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 Uganda, a second set of orphaned families is being trained in livestock care and gardening.  The trainings involved different methodologies including but not limited to; Questions and answers, sharing of testimonies, self-reflections and interactions, role plays, lectures and demonstrations, field practicum among others. Both in class and field sessions were carried out on the different crops and animal both practical and theories.  In addition, field practicums were conducted to have hands-on knowledge in the identification of different diseases and pests for crops and animal diseases, how to treat and manage them locally, to practice crop spacing and animals housing construction and hygiene.  Your donations have purchased these goats and seeds for families in Uganda, and improved a child's potential in life.

Malnutrition is a serious and widespread problem in Uganda, but you have joined the fight through the gift of goats and gardens. So simple, yet SO powerful!  Your generosity is making a difference in lives of these children and their caregivers.  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. 

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