School Fees for AIDS Orphans

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
School Fees for AIDS Orphans
School Fees for AIDS Orphans
School Fees for AIDS Orphans
School Fees for AIDS Orphans
School Fees for AIDS Orphans
School Fees for AIDS Orphans

David entered our program six years ago, young and very scared .. and extremely sick.  His aunt, Mary Ann, brought him to the hospital after the death of his mother.  David was diagnosed HIV+ and Mary Ann agreed to care for him full-time. Through follow up and careful attention to David's needs, he is doing well and his viral load is undetectable. David and Mary Ann now look forward to the future instead of living in fear of his illness.

AFCA has been able to support David's education because of donors just like you.  The changes we have seen over the years is remarkable.  He came to us as a little boy and now David smiles with bright eyes, performing well in school.  He started out as a member of the kid's club in the clinic and has now moved up to the senior youth support group.  David is active and takes the lead most days in helping to care for other children, remembering he was once in their shoes.

Thanks to your donations to support our school project, David and many other children have a bright future and they understand that your financial support makes it all possible.  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.  David feels your love, and so 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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Sophie
Sophie

Sophie was enrolled in our program in 2006 after being diagnosed HIV+.  There have been ups and downs along the way, but now there are more good days than bad ones.  Our partner started the process by making scheduled visits to check in and provide counseling, not just for Sophie but the whole family.  Sophie and her parents were finally able to accept her HIV+ diagnosis and move forward together.  Sophie was a member of the kid’s club support group and the junior support group.  It wasn’t easy for her to join these groups at first because of her HIV diagnosis, but she was welcomed with open arms and started to thrive.

Sophie is now a member of the senior support group.  She is responding well to the drugs, and her current viral load is undetectable.  Sophie feels healthy, which helps her do well in school.  She is the one who is now encouraging other youth to move on and achieve their dreams.  Sophie takes her education seriously and hopes to become a doctor so she can help other families for many years to come.  After completing her last exams, she was ranked 5 out of 42 and is well on her way to achieving her dreams!  Sophie is grateful for your support of our education program.  Please know that your generosity has played a huge part in helping Sophie and many others in our program.  We are changing lives one child at a time.  Sophie feels your love, and so 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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Dina 1
Dina 1

It's always exciting for us to receive updates on the children in our program.  Even better if they send us photographs!   Meet Dina who was enrolled in our program back in 2010.  She was ill for some time before she was taken to the hospital.  Dina was then tested and diagnosed HIV+.  Being born in a family of seven children, and the only one with the virus, made it very difficult for Dina.  There were follow ups and psychosocial support for the family to help them accept her diagnosis.  

Dina later joined support groups where she learned so many new things and made new friends.  She shared her diagnosis and found many of her new friends were also HIV+.  This motivated Dina and she took on a whole new outlook on life!  Many years have now passed and her current viral load is undetectable. She lives with her both parents who are extremely supportive.  He mother stays at home to care for their home and the children, and her father works to ensure her basic needs are met. 

Through the educational support AFCA has provided, Dina is now in college for Early Child Development.  She scored well during the last term, and is working at St. Mary's Academy where she can practice her skills.  Dina is quite motivated!  This hands on training is extremely valuable and Dina considers it a great blessing.  Dina is grateful for your support as she continues with her studies to achieve her dreams.

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about this program or others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@afcaids.org

Dina 2
Dina 2
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Youth 1
Youth 1

As the holidays approach, we extend our sincere thanks for your support this year.  Your support of our school program is so important in our work with HIV+ infected children and youth.  I would like to share a special event our youth experienced this year.

Youth enjoyed a trip to Galaxy Voi Resort where they met with youth from three other facilities.  This was a joyful moment for them as they interacted with each other.  They were able to share their experiences and the challenges they face being HIV+.  Our youth had fun!  It helped each of them to see himself /herself as important and one who should live his life fully as there many people living with the HIV+ virus.  Some of the youth have even volunteered to be the peer mentors in the facility!

During the visit, the youth had time to be in groups and share their challenges and successes in life. Many of the youth have been able to live their life positively.  Most of them have been able to attend school at the primary, secondary, universities and also vocational training levels.  They were given time to discuss the challenges they face going forward.  Some of these challenges include:

-Time management

-Fear of disclosure

-Stigma

-Discrimination by friends

-Lack of support by the family members

-Being rejected as they want to enter into a relationship after they disclose their status to their partners

-Fear of asking permission for apppointments and bosses asking questions about their sickness

Consider how difficult it must be to face these challenges at such a young age.  Your generosity is making a difference in lives of these children and young adults.  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. 

Youth 2
Youth 2
Youth 3
Youth 3
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Zara
Zara

Let me introduce you to Zara, a child who was enrolled in our program in 2010.  She was diagnosed HIV+ after the death of her mother.  Zara now lives with her aunt who has always been supportive, even though caring for Zara can be challenging.  A home visit was done for pyschosocial support for Zara and her family.  Through the support of her family, she was able to join kids club where health talks are done.  These talks were very helpful in understanding her health needs.  Zara is also an active member of the youth support group at the facility.

Through the support of our education program, Zara is in class five at the academy.  She is bright and did extremely well on her last exam.  Zara's health is good, which gives her the opportunity to study hard and achieve her goals.

Your continued support of our education programs has made all of this possible for Zara and the other children in our programs.  Thank you for caring for these young lives.  You have blessed them beyond measure!

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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