Let's keep girls in school

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

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. 

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Addeline and Emma at Their Ground Nuts Garden
Addeline and Emma at Their Ground Nuts Garden

’I am very happy with the American Foundation for Children with AIDS because of the support they have given to our community.’’

‘’I was given three goats and now I have five goats. I was also given seeds which I have planted and expect to harvest at the end of season."

‘’Baylor Uganda and the AFCA project have brought back my hope. I am very sure I will live a happy life with my children/grandchildren.  I promise to build on what you have given me and live a better life in the future."

Addeline smiles at Julie, who works with our partner in Uganda, as she shares these positive changes that have changed her life.  Life was filled with pain and despair for her family just last year at this time.  Her grandchildren, Emma and Tony, we too sick to attend school even if they would have been able to afford the school fees.  Today, they're attending school due to your generosity and support.  Their health has improved to point that they're thriving in school!

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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Do you remember that cute little pink energizer bunny that worked and worked and worked and worked?  Today there is now competition for the description of him as the best “energizer.”  Meet the sewing group from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Lebanon, PA!! They work so hard at their new project that there is steam rising from their sewing machines!

This group happily tends to the task of making hygiene liners for girls in Africa who must cease their education due to their growth into womanhood.  How can women become more empowered 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?  

Hurrah for Tanya Weaver and her staff and volunteers who have come to the front to discover a safe way to solve the problem.  Among her many other responsibilities, Tanya has recruited women to sew personal shields and padded liners for as many African girls.

At least two members of the St. Andrews sewing group have personal ties with that continent:  One has a cousin who spent many years as a missionary; the second one’s sister taught French in an all boys’ school for two years under a program similar to the Peace Corps. With these two women’s enthusiasm, the rest of the women in the group enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity to help. They eagerly joined Tanya’s team of caring volunteers to put together as many liners as they possibly can.  

The St. Andrews sewing group is more than happy to be a part of American Foundation for Children with AIDS. They feel that although they are just a small part of the organization and know they cannot solve all the problems, they can contribute a small amount of support from their own little corner of the world.

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Fiona was enrolled in our program in December 2004 after being diagnosed HIV positive.  She was born into a family of five children and her mother was also HIV positive so life was extremely challenging.  Fiona's mother, Alice, felt hopeless and couldn't see a future for her daughter.  After weeks of psychological help, Alica was able to move on and support Fiona in a positive way.  Fiona has been a member of  the junior and senior kid's clubs and currently she is a member of youth support group at the facility. Her siblings are her the best support system and their relationship is a great blessing.

Through the educational support given to Fiona, she is currently enrolled in a dress making course at the garment making college. She is in her final year and is grateful for your generosity and the support she has received to pursue her carreer.  Fiona lives a positive life and she is driven to achieve the best.  Her greatest wish is to see herself living a good life where she can help her mother and her siblings.

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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Teaching a new craft is a tricky thing and teaching sewing to people whose third language is English is a VERY tricky thing. Two groups of ten adventurous souls decide to tackle the tailoring class set up by Erica, Jeanie, Morgan, and Siobhan and timidly make their way into the sewing room where seven sewing machines and a cutting table await. 

Pounds and pounds of buttons, scissors, yards of various colorful cloth, threads of all types and colors, seam rippers, and much more are standing at attention, ready to be used. Nine young ladies and a young man are the first group to take a class and they learn about cutting and straight stitching, quietly trying to explain directions given to them in British and American English.  Some of the learners are quick and grasp on quickly while others struggle to make a straight line, but classes continue and before long, a rhythm is born.  Day passes a day and pad kits start taking shape, with the various components being sewn by eager students. Bags, shields and liners are checked for quality, with the duds being sent back to Juju for seam ripping so that a second attempt can be made.  They learn how to use their feminine kits and why they are important.  They are so excited to know that they can go to school and to work without worrying that biology will stop them once a month. What a gift!

Beautiful certificates have been created for each participant and each student is tested today to see what skills they have learned. Learned this week: threading the machine, catching bobbin thread, bobbing threading, inserting and removing the needle, straight stitching, zig-zag stitching and reverse stitching, basic reading a pattern and placing it on the fabric, limiting fabric waste, proper use of cutting board, and pinking edges. Yahoo!! These 20 are so excited to be part of something that can help them in their near and far future.  We will leave knowing that Francis and Elizabeth have the knowledge to carry on the training, building a small business that will help the community.

Thank you for your generous support of this important program.  Together, we are changing lives day after day!

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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