Livestock for 300 Orphan Families in Zimbabwe

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
Livestock for 300 Orphan Families in Zimbabwe
Livestock for 300 Orphan Families in Zimbabwe
Livestock for 300 Orphan Families in Zimbabwe
Livestock for 300 Orphan Families in Zimbabwe
Livestock for 300 Orphan Families in Zimbabwe
Livestock for 300 Orphan Families in Zimbabwe
Livestock for 300 Orphan Families in Zimbabwe
Livestock for 300 Orphan Families in Zimbabwe
Livestock for 300 Orphan Families in Zimbabwe
Livestock for 300 Orphan Families in Zimbabwe

We have a special report on the egg program.  Your support has made a difference as children are fed three times a week.  They are given an egg and two slices of bread.  This has helped a lot of children who couldn’t bring anything to eat at break time and lunch time. And here are some updates directly from the children and their teachers …

Thank you for paying money to support the feeding program that started at my school, we really appreciate it.  We benefit having protein and energy.  Some of the students couldn't afford to come to school with food, but then you broke the chain of hunger. May the Lord above all bless and be with you always.  Lots appreciation from Adrian

I am a boy at in primary school and I appreciate your program.  I thank you for what you have done.  I wish God will guide you.  Your program is good, because we get nutrients from the food we eat, some of us used to come to school with no food, but now they get food from this program.  We wish you will continue doing such amazing work.  Yours faithful, Rodney

Attendance has improved a lot due to feeding program.  They have gained weight and learning concentration has improved a lot.  Teacher Elaine

As a guidance and counseling teacher, I always yearn to see motivation in pupil’s lives. It boosts the self-esteem of pupils hence enabling them to tackle situations that they encounter in life.  As such the feeding program has stimulated physical growth, intellectual growth, good moral values and a healthy diet for pupils.  Teacher Abigail

A lot of under privileged children are no longer absent at school as they always look forward to the feeding program.  The feeding program has also provided oneness to the pupils around the school as on the particular day they all feed on the same type of food.  We thank you for the assistance we get as it has created a difference in our pupil’s lives.  Teacher Sam

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 2018 giving, please keep us in mind so we can continue our good work this year 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

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The Cook County Sherriff’s Institute is a sixteen-week training program for incoming recruit correctional officers. Of this sixteen weeks, two are dedicated to understanding mental health, mental illness and how those topics relate to their work as future sworn officers.

Introduction to Mental Illness, a psychology 101 of sorts, encourages participates to understand what mental illness is, how common and how it may manifest through a variety of diagnoses, as well as current treatment available. This is important because at its root, the training encourages participants to use empathy, insight and perspective into how others live; inspiring officers to view without negative bias or stereotypes. This goal is then pushed further when the class starts to learn about stress management and personal mental health and wellness.

The idea of self-care is explored through the concepts of happiness, self-awareness and stress reductions techniques. Participants are encouraged to fully engage in the class through personal anecdotes, questions and answer, hands-on activities and tangible means.

The many benefits of giving are discussed, including increased happiness, health, social connection, gratitude and reciprocity.

The class is then asked to take it one step further. They are introduced to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS’ mission and how money raised will go directly to providing families with means to care for themselves. Students immediately respond to photos of previous classes and the goats and other livestock provided to families on the other side of the world. They are taking the theoretical concepts of giving and actively including them in their learning experience.

After the course, officers are sent updates and photos about the goats and other livestock, as they make their way to deserving families. To date, The Cook County Sherriff’s Institute has raised over $1200!  Instructors plan to continue encouraging each incoming class to participate in tangibly learning the benefits of giving.

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The Sandra Jones Centre horizon in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe is now dominated with a beautiful white greenhouse dome and we are so excited about the potential and prospects of this project. You see, young ladies will learn how to become farmers and business owners here. This is so exciting for them and for us, as we walk beside this adventure with them.

It all started with the dream of helping young girls already affected by AIDS and who were later victims of abuse.  They live in the Sandra Jones Centre and start a new life there, full of hope and a vision towards the future.  They receive counseling and so much love, helping them come to grips with their past while learning that they are precious and cherished.  They also learn a skill set so that when they leave the Centre, they are able to hold down jobs for which they were trained and which they like.

The beds in the greenhouse have all been dug by the girls - a huge task -  and they are waiting expectantly for the seedlings to be planted in the next few weeks.  They decided to grow their own seedlings from scratch rather than buying them already prepared.  It is all part of training – if the girls learn this skill, they will be able to propagate their own seeds when they return to the rural areas and this will be a cost-saving measure for them. 

They are planting red and yellow peppers, as research has shown that there seems to be a lack of fresh, healthy ones on the market at the moment.  They also bring in an excellent return and are full of nutrients!  They are very expensive in the shops and we have already begun to get a market for them through some of the private school parents.   We are also planning on planting various types of tomatoes and, in the future, we hope to venture into strawberries. The benefit of strawberries is that what they don’t sell, the girls will make into strawberry jam. This will not only benefit the Centre financially, but has the secondary effect of teaching the girls skills they can use later.

So we are all excited about this embryonic project and what benefits we can see for the whole Centre.

Thank you SO much for being part this! Without YOU, it sure wouldn’t be happening.

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For an HIV+ child, taking medications is essential to successful treatment and these medicines should not be taken without food. At AFCA, we see food as part of treatment and we call it Nutrition by Prescription.  We want to make sure that all the children who need it, receive the food they need to take their medicine, to thrive, and to grow.

Due to the exceptional quality of eggs produced, the need/demand for good protein, and the above average outcomes, AFCA will build a second coop that can hold 1000 hens.  AFCA's chicken coops are large, with concrete flooring and tin roof, multi-level tables with steps which allow the animals to walk around freely and not be caged up. A storage unit is part of the coop, holding feed, water, a generator, egg trays, and anything the chickens might need in a country where electricity and water are not always available.  A room for a guard is also included in the building of the coop, with the guard keeping potential vandals away at night. The total cost for such a project is $25,000, with 1000 laying chickens costing an additional $10,000.  

The eggs from this coop will be given to school children identified as needing additional nutrition. Most of the children will be HIV+, but no child will be identified as either HIV positive or negative.  ALL needy children will receive the benefit of eggs.  It's a neat way to include an entire group of children without having to single anyone out!

AFCA believes in transparency and in financial accountability.  With this in mind, we keep a close eye on our projects, receiving monthly reports (including financial reports and outcomes), photos, videos, and updates to ensure that the project is moving forward as it should and that the beneficiaries are getting what we promised them. Children are monitored to make sure that they are, indeed, receiving the eggs and are benefiting from the gift.  Since we are creating a sustainable solution to hunger, we make sure that half the profits from sales are injected back into the orphanage hosting the chicken project, while the other half is saved for the purchase of new birds, when needed.

A minimum of one visit a year from AFCA's Executive Director allows us to see first-hand how the children and chickens are doing, while giving us a chance to audit finances in person and reconciling all aspects of the project to make sure it is functioning well and as planned.  Constant communication via skype, email and whatsapp also takes place, keeping us all up to date on how the children are and how finances are being managed. All receipts are kept in our head office, where they have been reconciled by AFCA's finance director.

AFCA has extensive experience in this type of project, having run other livelihoods projects in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We firmly believe that everyone can do something to help themselves, but we all need a little hand up.  This project is just that.  With good food in their bellies, HIV positive and negative children will have the chance to get an education. We know that less school is missed when children eat well and they are better able to concentrate on their work. Their improved health also means that the families and orphanages avoid expenses of additional medicine and doctor fees.

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New Market Middle School Students
New Market Middle School Students

About 2 months ago, a group of 6th grade language arts class from New Market Middle School began reading the book "I Will Always Write Back" for Literature Circles. It is the true story of how two pen pals (Caitlin in America and Martin in Zimbabwe) changed each other's lives. The kids loved it! They were amazed and touched. Their teacher asked them "If Caitlin and her family could make a difference, what can the 27 of us do?" And with that, a challenge was born! They broke into groups and investigated 10 different charitable organizations in Africa, with a specific focus on Zimbabwe. The kids presented their findings to the class and they voted on which organization we wanted to support. The verdict? American Foundation for Children with AIDS and Seeds of Africa.

Then, they brainstormed ideas of how they could raise money. They proposed three ideas to their principal, two of which were approved! Over three weeks they sold candy cane "candy grams" and raffle tickets for a Longaberger basket. They kept a tally on a giant poster every day for 10 days on their progress. The goal was $250 to purchase a goat for a family in Zimbabwe through Kids4Kids, with any extra money going towards “bricks” for Seeds of Africa.

They BLEW BY THEIR TOTAL! They collected a total of $568! With this money, the students decided to purchase TWO goats for families in Zimbabwe and the remaining $68 will be donated to Seeds of Africa. 

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American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Location: Harrisburg, PA - USA
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Twitter: @AFCAids
Project Leader:
tanya weaver
Harrisburg, PA United States
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