Project #13313

Provide Youth in Zimbabwe with Hope

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS

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!

In an orphanage called Family Harvest Village located in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, AFCA has sponsored the building of a chicken coop which houses approximately 1000 laying hens.  These hens produce eggs, which are a source of protein for the children who live in the orphanage, as well as for all the staff who work there.  Without the eggs, the protein the children need to grow up healthfully would be missing, as meat and other sources of protein are quite expensive in a country wracked by drought and hunger. With that in mind, a few trays of eggs are donated each week to other local orphanages who do not have chickens of their own.  The children there get the chance to eat something delicious, which is also nutritious – and all of it coming out of one coop!

The majority of the eggs produced are sold throughout the city of Bulawayo – to restaurants, schools, and hospitals.  The eggs are amazing!  Dark yellow yolks and large, they are a preferred egg by everyone and even though it is a difficult time in the country, folks are willing to pay top price for them.  The money earned from these sales is divided in two – half goes to the orphanage for other needs, such as diapers, medicine, school fees, and food.  The other half is saved so that a second coop can be set up.  It is so exciting to see how a dream becomes reality.  And that reality becomes hope for many people. 

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 

Chickens 2
Chickens 2
Some kids at orphanage
Some kids at orphanage

I had the privilege of leading two Volunteer with a Purpose teams to Zimbabwe this summer and together, we learned, taught, worked together, and had the most wonderful time. One of the places where we worked was at an orphanage called Family Harvest Village, where we spent a week painting the children's homes, a guesthouse and the office.  We played with children, learned a song in N'debele, forged new relationships, and even helped clear land from thorny bushes.  We were beat by the end of the week there, but we had the best time ever!

We also helped with the building and the funding of a chicken coop which now houses 1000 chickens purchased by AFCA.  These hens are supplying food for Family Harvest Village, as well as four other orphanages in Bulawayo, giving them the protein they so desperately need.  The rest of the eggs are sold, with most of the profits kept for the building of a second coop and the rest of the profits going directly to the orphanage to provide other needed food for the kids. We are so excited to see children eating well and to see a project which is working well!

It was exciting to give each child a handmade, colorful and beautiful pillowcase, along with a new set of sheets.  We also left school backpacks with supplies for the new school year which will be given to the kids at Christmas time, along with pajamas and shoes, saving the orphanage staff from having to purchase more gifts. We can't wait to see photos of their little faces, happy with their new treasures, all specially chosen for each of them.

Thank you for providing children hope.  Because of YOU, they are eating eggs.  Because of YOU, they have school supplies.  And, because of YOU, children like Prince, Joseph, Mercy, Michael, and Veronica know they are loved.

Thank you.

Newly painted room!
Newly painted room!


A variety of vegetables in Regina’s garden have outlived it's period and she is looking forward to receiving new seeds to plant.  She has some seeds she saved, like tomatoes and peas which she is going to plant before receiving seeds from our program.  We have urged our beneficiaries to save seeds and they are doing that.  Regina is 56 years old and has four children.  Three of them are attending school!  Simon is 7 years old and is pictured with Regina.  He should have started school, but has been able to do so because of his poor health.

Like most beneficiaries, Regina is very hardworking and has managed to provide her children with the vegetable nutrition they need, and  she has gone an extra mile selling some of the vegetables from her garden to raise money for children’s other needs.  Your donations to support our Zimbabwe livestock and agricultural project have made this all possible for Regina and many other families just like hers.  The health of children is improving daily and they are able to attend school.  The future is brighter and you have made dreams come true!

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


Here are some of the beneficiaries of our gardening project standing in their vegetable beds.  Doesn't it look amazing?  The kale is doing quite well, althought it has smaller leaves compared to the cabbage.  Check out the huge head of cabbage Frederick is holding on the left.  The report from our partner described the cabbage as "lovely".  The best thing about this photo and report is that the families are harvesting the vegetables for their families.

Thanks to your donations to support this livestock and agricultural project, the families are eating well.  Dozens of children are going to school and are feeling generally healthy. They have a bright future and they understand that your financial support makes it all possible.

Please know that your generosity is truly making a difference in the lives of these families 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. These families feel 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


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.

Let me introduce you to 22 year-old Moyo.  He is one of the gardening beneficiaries, and is the head of his family.  During a recent support visit, he already had a thriving cabbage vegetable plantation which he was harvesting a bit by bit for his young siblings for relish. The secret behind the young man’s success is simply following the basic gardening skills AFCA has taught him during our workshops.  For instance, the young man transplanted his cabbage simultaneously with the other beneficiaries and he is already harvesting.  These days the sun is so hot in this country, and Moyo's most reliable weapon is mulch.  He does not need to water every day as the mulching will preserve the much needed moisture.

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


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American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Location: Harrisburg, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
tanya weaver
Harrisburg, PA United States

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