Project #6506

School Fees for AIDS Orphans

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS

I'm in Africa visiting our programs this summer.  I'm so pleased to share updates with you right from the field.  I was in Mombasa for several days and visited Furaha, a girl whose been in the program for many years. At 17, she finished high school and is now in tailoring school.  We want to support her throughout this difficult transitional time, as she needs to get a skill and start putting it to use if she is going to break the cycle of poverty.  I walk into a poorly lit sewing school where 20 girls are learning how to sew.  The low hum of voices is heard over the hum of treadle machines as we arrive for an unplanned visit.  The teacher is walking through the tables, looking at work being done.

Suddenly, she stands up and says, “Tanya!” in such a tender way, it brings tears to my eyes and we wrap our arms around each other.  I am touched that she remembered me so quickly, even though I would know her anywhere.  She's been in our program since she was 8, so she is family to me. We hug for a while and I am so glad to see her.  She looks well and she is proud of getting a skill. She shows me a pair of shorts she made and when i hold the up to my waist, all the girls break out laughing.   I encourage her to keep going, to do well, to excel in what she does and I find myself promising her a sewing machine if she completes the highest course so that she can start a business.  It will take her three years to get a diploma and let her know how proud we are of her to embark in this career. As I encourage her not to give up, I know I am asking for much as every single day, she must make the decision between eating lunch or taking a bus to school.  Sometimes she doesn’t have the 20 cents required for the bus, so she misses school, but she assures me she will do her best, which is all we want from and for her.

(I'm unable to upload photos from the field, as internet access has been spotty.  We will upload a photo of Furaha when Tanya return to the USA.)


Let me introduce you to Richard and Audrey, a set of siblings in our program.  Their father, Joseph, has been down for some time and is receiving treatments through our partnership.  His days are long and he feels sad that he is not able to meet the day to day needs of his children.  Joseph stuggles to find his own strength to meet the requirements of his treatments.  It's a difficult life when you are alone and caring for your children, but Joseph and his family feel your love.

Thanks to your donations to support our school fee project, Richard and Audrey are thriving in spite of Joseph's struggles.  Both siblings are doing well.  They feel good and they love school.  Richard is an active member of the junior teens support group.  He attended a workshop and was very grateful for the opportunity.  Richard is now in class 8 and Audrey is in class 5.  They have met all the school requirements and they understand your financial support makes it all possible. 

Please know that your generosity is truly making a difference in the lives of these two children and many more in our program.  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.  Richard and Audrey feel your love, and 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


What an amazing year it has been for AFCA's children, thanks to YOU! Because of YOU, thousands of children are thriving and hopeful. Because of YOU, hundreds of children had good food to eat this year. Because of YOU, hundreds of children have livestock and seeds with which to start small businesses. We don't have enough words to thank you for what you've done because it is is life changing.

This is Daniel and has done very well on his exams this year.  He has joined class six and his school requirements have been met.  Daniel was able to spend some time with his grandfather over the holiday.  His grandfather lives far from the area and Daniel enjoyed the time away.  In addition, Daniel is an active member of the junior teens support group.  He recently attened a workshop, which he really appreciated. 

As this year comes to a close, we want to thank you for the donations you've made to support our work. If you are making your end of the year giving decisions, please keep us in mind so we can continue helping children in 2016 and beyond.  Please share what we do with others, so they, too, can help our children. Together, we CAN make a difference.

We wish you the best year ever, full of every blessing and happiness imaginable, knowing you are a hope-giver. If you would like to learn more about AFCA and our programs, please contact Tanya Weaver at


Have you enjoyed all the back to school photos from friends and family over the past two weeks?  I love to see the bright smiles and a bit of adventure in their eyes.  Everyone is proudly wearing their new outfits and sporting new backpacks. 

Let's remember that not everyone headed to school with a new backpack and a smile on their face.  Let me introduce you to Katana.  He is an orphan and lives with his grandmother.

Katana struggles to attend school.  He has been hospitalized three times in the past 3 months.  He is weak and can only walk when supported.  How many of us would fight that hard to get to school?

School is that important to Katana.  He feels blessed by your generosity to pay his school fees.  He finds his way to school and he knows he will get stronger.  Katana is given food and supplements.  He is closely monitored by continuous home visits.  Your support has made this all possible!

If you would like to learn more about this program and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at

Katana and Family
Katana and Family

Has summer vacation started for your kids?  Are they soaking up the sun and enjoying the freedom from the day to day school routine?  Let's take a look at two really neat kids in Africa and tell you about their school year.

Thomas is in class 5 and is doing well.  He has been sick on and off, and his weight went down.  Thomas was given food by prescription to help him regain. Imagine feeling so sick that you're losing weight, but yet he fights to attend school every day.  And he does it with a huge smile on his face!  Thomas met all of his school requirements and is a member of junior youth support group.  He also attended a workshop to keep up with his classmates.

Dorcus is an active memeber of the senior youth support group, and she attended a workshop.  She has been blessed with good health and energy for the past six months.  Her eyes are bright and she understands the importance of taking her medication and visiting the clinic on a regular basis.  Dorcas sat for her end of secondary exams, and is waiting for the results which will determine if she joins college or university.

Many thanks to you, our amazing donors, for providing a school experience for Thomas and Dorcas.  Your donation covers their school fees and uniforms.  It's an investment in their future, and the future of many students just like Thomas and Dorcas. 


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Organization Information

American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Location: Harrisburg, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
tanya weaver
Harrisburg, PA United States
$5,484 raised of $10,000 goal
92 donations
$4,516 to go
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