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Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia

by Power of Love Foundation
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Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia
Health Care for 450 HIV+ Children in Zambia

Families Are Enjoying Cooking With Their Clean Stoves

As a result of the generosity of an anonymous donor, we added a new service to our pediatric HIV care program. In addition to ongoing health care services, clean cooking stoves and education was provided to vulnerable families living in impoverished communities in Zambia. Over the last four winter months, 1000 stoves were provided. Family members love their new stoves as these keep them warm, cook food faster, and save money on fuel.

Why are these stoves better? The stoves are built using patented air regulation, technology, minimize CO, PM, and greenhouse gas emissions leading to better health, savings, climate change mitigation, and everyday convenience. 

Next steps: Our goal is to provide 10,000 stoves and education on proper use to benefit 50,000 family members in the next six months.

The provision of stoves is in addition to the ongoing provision of food, medicines, education, and health care services provided to 450 HIV+ children and their families enrolled in this program.

Thanks for giving the gift of health to hundreds of children and their families. 

1000 Stoves Were Provided in the last four months
1000 Stoves Were Provided in the last four months

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Water boils rapidly on the clean cooking stove
Water boils rapidly on the clean cooking stove

Happy Dad's day. Here is heartwarming news from the ground in Zambia. Last month, along with our partner Greenway Appliances, we launched an innovative project that provides clean cooking stoves to vulnerable families. These stoves have a minimal carbon footprint, are almost smoke free, use less fuel, and cook food faster. The stoves were pre-tested for smoke generation, fuel availability/cost, local recipes, cooking speed, and ease of use before the project was launched.

Goals of this project are to improve the health of families via less smoke inhalation, save money on fuel, and income generation. At present, all families enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program have received these stoves. Recipients love their new stoves as they are smoke free, are easy to use, and families are saving money on fuel bills.

Beneficiaries: 10,000 vulnerable families living in impoverished neighborhoods. 

The provision of stoves is in addition to food, medicines and a comprehensive package of life saving health care services provided to 450 HIV+ children and their families enrolled in this program.

Thanks for giving the gift of health to vulnerable families in Zambia.

An environmentally friendly smoke free stove
An environmentally friendly smoke free stove
Cooking is fun on this stove
Cooking is fun on this stove

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A Zambian family

Wishing all moms, a beautiful Mother’s Day. 

As many of us continue to work from the safety of our homes, we are reminded that it is a privilege to have a safe shelter, ample food, and good health care. However, this is not true for most women and children enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program in Zambia. COVID-19 has created loss of livelihood and uncertainty for families that were food insecure and in poor health pre-COVID and are likely unable to provide even one meal a day for their families going forward. 

We are working hard to keep all 450 families under our care safe from COVID-19. Stay safe. We are all in this together. 

Thanks for keeping hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia healthy and in school.   

Checking the child's vitals
Checking the child's vitals

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A health check up in progress

Hope you are keeping safe from the virus.

Power of Love is taking aggressive steps to keep our staff and beneficiary families safe from COVID-19. We are monitoring the situation continuously in Matero and neighboring compounds in Lusaka, Zambia where our pediatric HIV care program is located. Our goal is to keep our health care team, their families, and children and families enrolled safe from the virus. Our team on the ground is equipped with personal protective equipment (face masks, gloves etc.) and they are following a strict health protocol. In addition, we have set side emergency funds for families impacted by COVID-19.

Take extra care of yourself during these uncertain times. We are all in this together.

Thanks for making healthcare accessible to hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia.   

A health check-up
A health check-up
This little girl loves school
This little girl loves school

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In 2019, generous donors like yourself, donated more than $20,000 to support Power of Love's pediatric HIV care program in Zambia. These funds helped provide a comprehensive package of life saving health care services to 450 HIV+ children, ongoing training to family members, PMTCT education to HIV+ pregnant women, education in HIV, and school support to families. These program activities resulted in a huge and sustained impact on hundreds of families in our community. 

A Lot of Good Things Happened in 2019

A lot of good things happened in 2019. The number of children and family members impacted are given below:

  • Direct and Indirect beneficiaries: 2500 children and family members.
  • Children receiving food and high protein soya supplements: 200
  • Better health of children measured by increase in weight and frequency and intensity of infections: 214
  • Children provided with psychosocial counseling: 203
  • Children provided with education in HIV: 203
  • Children provided with monitoring and training in adherence to medications: 203
  • Family members provided with psychosocial counseling: 432
  • Family members tested for HIV: 335
  • Family members provided with counseling after testing positive for HIV: 335
  • Family members receiving ongoing training in HIV care and prevention: 432
  • Family members receiving business training and loans to start a business: 183
  • Families receiving education in malaria and long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito bed nets: 432
  • Number of children born HIV free to HIV+ moms: 40 out of 41
  • Children supported with school expenses such as school fees, uniforms, shoes, or school bags: 108

Program Impact: In addition to improved health and more children attending school, families have better knowledge about HIV and malaria. This results in a community that can take steps to prevent new HIV infections, and is more self-reliant in taking care of its own health. As a result, we are seeing a lower incidence of HIV and reduced stigma amongst beneficiary families. Also, beneficiary families share their learnings with others leading better education about HIV and HIV prevention amongst the larger community.

Plans for 2020

  • Continue to monitor the health of children under our care so that they never develop AIDS.
  • Zero new HIV infections via PMTCT (Prevention-of-Mother-to-Child-Transmission).
  • Track school attendance and performance to ensure the children attend school.
  • Encourage older children to volunteer as mentors to provide role models for younger children.
  • Expand the skill set of community members via the provision of education and training programs.
  • Gather more in-depth feedback from community residents. 

Overall, the ripple effects of our comprehensive approach are significant, sustained, and continue to strengthen families in the community.

Thanks for making healthcare accessible to hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia.   

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Power of Love Foundation

Location: San Diego, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Alka Subramanian
Founder/Director
San Diego, CA Zambia
$21,945 raised of $30,000 goal
 
245 donations
$8,055 to go
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