We're counting our blessings this holiday season at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS. It's been a great year and we have some incredible projects lined up for 2017. All of them with the intention of helping HIV+ children and their caregivers break the cycle of poverty!
We continue to work closely with our partner on the sisal project (fiber from where bags, rope, and many other things are made) which hires HIV+ mothers so that their children can go to school, so that they can all eat well, and so that they have enough funds for their basic necessities. In addition, a school is attached to the project. We are currently raising funds in order to build good, decent, hygienic bathrooms.
Your generosity is making a difference in lives of these children and their caregivers. 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.
With eyes focused on sustainability and reliable incomes so that families can eat well, which in turn, allows children to stay in school, AFCA is supporting a sisal project. Sisal is a fiber that is used to make rope, shoes, baskets, coffee bags, and much more and it is highly marketable around the world.
In a small corner of Kenya, in the village of Miwani, a group of HIV+ women and men are working in sisal production, thanks to YOU. They harvest the leaves and pass them through a process that removes the fiber from the leaves, leaving a mulch that is used to feed livestock and to make soap, which is another business enterprise workers can engage in. These employees are being paid a fair wage and better yet, they can expect a bonus if they are good workers and if they are reliable. This is an uncommon practice and one that the employees are so excited about!
Another wonderful addition to this project is the fact that people work 3-day weeks. This is particularly important for those who are widowed with children. A three day work week allows for days off when someone is not feeling well and it also allows time for household chores and childcare. This is an inovative idea which is being embraced eagerly.
It is becasue of YOU that this can happen - people can have the dignity of working, knowing they will be treated fairly and well, their kids can go to school, they can save some money, and they can have hope for a better future. Thank YOU for being a deliverer of hope. Children like the ones in the photos are the true beneficiaries - they learn the value of good work, eat well and can study. Excellent all the way around, isn't it?
Greetings from the Ngbando family! We are sending our thanks to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS for including us in your self-reliance project. I am happy to send you a report on our family project. I had no opportunity to educate my children until your help arrived. We received seeds and rabbits and have been able to produce enough food. We eat them and sell them to provide an education and clothing for our children. The rabbits have multiplied to the point that we were able to complete our contract. We now have 9 rabbits for the family! With all my heart, I thank AFCA and your supporters. God bless you and I hope this encourages you to continue this blessing.
May these words from the Ngbando family bring you joy in knowing you have made a difference! Together we are changing lives and the future looks brighter. If you have questions or are interested in learning more about this program or others, please contact Tanya Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 sustainable food project and the community garden, our partner is able to fund their crucial medical work and help families just like this one. Richard and Audrey are thriving in spite of Joseph's struggles and they understand your financial supports makes it all possible. Both siblings are doing well as they feel good and they love school.
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 so 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 email@example.com.
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 huge...it is life changing.
Today I want to give you some background on the farm project. The purpose of the farm project is to produce income to help our partner fund their crucial medical work in some of the neediest communities of Mombasa. In addition, some vegetables are to be given to the poorest of the poor children in their programs who have been infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. And some vegetables are to be sold at a discount to mothers of the infected or affected children to help them establish small businesses. The farm measures about 50 Acres and has the potential to help so many people in the coastal region.
It is a constant job to make sure that the farm works to its potential and produces to meet the needs of children. A consultant was hired for two weeks in October to produce a farm operational analysis report. Plans have been made to move forward and implement his suggestions. We are so blessed with his knowledge of farming in the area!
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 tweaver@AFCAids.org.
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