I want to share some news about the sisal project and how it is helping the lives of HIV+ women directly involved in it. I can't stress enough how this has positively changed their lives.
Mama Justina is one of the women working in the sisal project. Her husband died 6 years ago of AIDS and HIV/Aids, and after his death she refused to get remarried. She was left with 5 children. One passed away two years later and now she is raising 4 children in addition to caring for her aging grandmother.
With no job before, she was unable to afford the basic needs of her children. Many times they were sent away from school for not having school fees, not to mention the food and medication which was so necessary. Life for her was between a rock and hard place, there was nothing for her to smile about, poverty was so very present in her household.
Today, I am so proud to say that the sisal project has changed her life and that of her children. There is a sense of hope instilled in the family. Not a day has passed without having food for her children and they have not been sent back home for school fees or illness. Mama has been able to buy decent cloths for herself and is living a life full of glory and happiness. No wonder she works with all her heart and passion in the project.
Enjoy the attached photos of some of the women learning to make sisal baskets, what beautiful smiles and a great project! 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.
I would love to share about on of the women working in the sisal project and how the project is positively affecting her life. Mama Abby has been living with HIV for now 6 years. She is raising her four children alone and taking care of her aging grandmother. Abby's children were not able to go to school before the project because she was not able to pay the fees. They were becoming of age to start their schooling but it was impossible. It was a tremendous stress on her!
Today, Abby is providing food, clothing, school fees and medication. She is no longer begging her neighbors for food. I went to visit her yesterday and it's such a drastic change, I don't know if I should smile or cry. Hope has been restored back in Abby's life, and the lives of her children. Making the sisal rope has been life-changing for all of them!
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I would like to introduce you to Penny. She has been HIV+ for 10 years and is caring for her 5 children. Before this project, Penny was not able to afford the basic needs for her family, especially food and school fees. Her little ones were not able to attend school frequently as required and therefore were not performing well in classes. She remembers vividly times when the children and herself would share meals do to the lack of a job to enable her to put food on her table. Hope seemed lost.
If they would have continued on that path, Penny is not sure they would be alive today. She is now watching her children moving on well in life because she can now take care of herself and her kids. The project has brought about more smiles and hope in her life! The whole family now looks healthy and the children are not sent home because of the lack of school fees. They no longer see days when they lack something to put on there bellies!
This project is so life changing for many women like Penny. 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 2019 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.
Some days in the office, we get caught up in paperwork and phone calls. They are necessary to keep things running smoothly. However, it's a blessed day when you receive an update in your email inbox from a partner. Today was one of those days!
"These are kids we are taking care of at the orphanage, they are 13 in number and they are affected with HIV/AIDS. We have a garden for them where they are growing food. We have kale, tomatoess and cabbage in their farms. We are raising them up and teaching them how to be self-sustainable through the produce from the farm. Normally they set up time in the evening to tend to their garden, weeding them and watering them. Through their garden, they are able to get food that they are eating, and they are growing up to be responsible kids knowing that soil is the source of food.
We adopted another approach of doing the gardening last month and it is getting along pretty well Each child has his or her own garden bed with a different kind of food, they love this and it is super cool!!!"
Super cool, indeed! 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.
What a difference six months can make! Earlier this year, Maria and her family didn't know if they would make it through another day. They were exhausted, sick and hungry. Hopeless.
Then something wonderful happened. Opportunity arrived in Miwani through the American Foundation for Children with AIDS in the form of a sisal project. Sisal fiber has a wide variety of applications that can generate income including hand-made sisal rope, twin rope, string and yarn which can also be woven into carpets, mats and various crafts. Maria started working in the project and her family has benefitted greatly. With fair pay, she is able to take care of her two grandchildren, afford daily meals, pay for their school fees and afford their medication. Maria has become self-sufficient through her decent paying job!
Maria's grandchildren, Penny and Theo, are part of a happy family and are no longer hungry since she can afford food for herself and her children. The sisal project is also solving the hunger epidermic and poverty in families within the Miwani region. AFCA continues to support and work side by side with our partner to ensure that this project is a success, giving hope and smiles to women and 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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