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Let's keep girls in school

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
Let's keep girls in school

It was such a privilege to go out to the rural area to distribute reusable hygiene kits. I found it such a humbling experience to watch these girls listen to the instructions and to see their faces when they realized what exactly they were being shown. When it dawned on them the real difference that this would make to their lives there were big smiles all round. How incredibly blessed we all have been for this to never be an issue in our lives.  These girls will be able to go to school every day of the month now with no fear of embarrassment.  What struck me was how much care and effort was put into each pack: panties, a wash cloth and soap and re-sealable plastic bags. Thank you so much to Tanya Weaver and the AFCA team for continually blessing the children!

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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Donna is HIV+ and so is her husband, Ralph.  Donna is thrilled with Baylor Uganda for supporting her family within the AFCA projects.  She was supported in both the livestock and agriculture programs.  

Ralph and Donna were given seeds and goats.  They started a small banana plantation.  Farming produce allowed them to buy two additional goats to boost their livestock project.  And the livestock project is currently giving them manure to improve their banana plantation.  Donna thanks Baylor Uganda and AFCA for supporting her family and her community in general.

Liza and Missy, are just 8 and 10 years old.  They have seen a change in their parents and their life.  Their family was struggling to find food and shelter.  Their education was forgotten in the midst of turmoil.  Thankful for your generosity, they now attend school on a regular basis.  The livestock and agricultural programs saved their education, and their lives.

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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Katelyn is one of the beneficiaries of the AFCA project in Karusandara.  She is an HIV+ caregiver and a widow who takes care of her three children. She has also benefited from the three trainings of crop production, animal production and village saving and loaning associations.  Katelyn is very happy with this AFCA project because of the great things she has achieved from the project.

Katelyn tell us, “The AFCA project has done great things in my life. I was given knowledge in the form of trainings in both crop and animal production which has greatly improved my farming and rearing practices. The village loaning and saving association in which we trained and started is also doing well!  I was given some goats and my animal project is also doing very well. The goats have produced and I have been able to sell some to solve some other emergencies.  I have bought cement, sand and gravel to use in the building of my home.  I hope to complete the house after this harvesting season."

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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The St. Andrews Presbyterian Church’s Women’s Association has a very active sewing group consisting of 12 members. They mend and sew a variety of items for local, national and international charities. In January of 2018, the group made contact with our executive director, Tanya Weaver, and they have been a part of our mission ever since.

The Women's Association has a deep connection with this project to help empower women through continuing education.  Too often girls in Africa must cease their education due to their growth into womanhood.  How can women become more empowered and self sufficient if they are not able to continue their studies just because there is no way for them to remain clean in the school setting during their menstrual cycle?

The sewing group is assisting in this phase of Tanya’s work by replacing pebbles, corncobs or dung used as some of the absorbent materials used during girls’ periods with double sided, sturdy flannel pads. These liners are washable and are made to last for up to three years.  Each girl receives eight liners to fold into a waterproof shield. Colorful cotton, draw-string bags that the girls can carry to school hold an additional shield, a washcloth, soap, panties and instructions on how to use the kit.  Two plastic bags are also included for additional hygiene purposes. 

Over the past 18 months, the sewing group has made more than 3,000 liners with the goal of an infinity number!  The sewing group knows that it requires much work to help empower young women.  Education is one of the most powerful tools to achieve this goal.  Thank you, ladies, you truly are making a difference!

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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In 2014, at just 6 months of age, Patty was in danger of losing her life. She could hardly breathe and eventually became unconscious. She was rushed to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a life threatening AIDS related condition for which she was hospitalized. She was prescribed Cotrimoxazole injection, a very expensive drug, which was out of stock at the hospital at the time. The parents had to foot the bills of the medication but it was very costly for them.

While hospitalized, Patty was also tested for HIV and found to be infected with it. This was another blow to the already devastated parents. Patty was then referred to our clinic for further management. Thanks to the AFCA donations, she was able to freely access all the prescribed medicines for her health conditions. Her parents were so grateful and were informed that there was a group of friends with AFCA that supported to provide lifesaving medicines for children with AIDS. Patty got better and is currently thriving well (virally suppressed from the most recent viral load results). She is now 5 years old and enrolled in elementary school this year. Her teacher is so proud of her school performance and joyous character. Her parents are so grateful and they requested Baylor Uganda to send special thanks to AFCA.  The family had completely lost hope and felt their baby couldn’t make it. Currently they are living happily and expecting a very bright future for Patty!

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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American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Location: Harrisburg, PA - USA
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