Children
 Zimbabwe
Project #13313

Provide Youth in Zimbabwe with Hope

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
Moyo
Moyo

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.

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 tweaver@AFCAids.org.

Triplets
Triplets

We love to share our success stories of transformation with the donors who make it all possible.  Last week we received this beautiful photo and words of appreciation.

Mrs. Ndlovu is a widow who had 10 biological children consisting of 5 boys and 5 girls who all died. In her words, her children died because of "umkhuhlane lo bantwabami" a local reference to HIV &AIDS. She buried her last child in 2010. Because of the trauma associated with the loss of all her children, she decided to relocate from one village to another within her area.

Mrs. Ndlovu had no assets (cattle or goats) but was taking care of 4 orphans. In 2012, she was identified as one of the beneficiaries for our livelihood project. She was then trained in small livestock management and was given 3 female goats.  She currently has 21 goats and she has passed on 3 goats to another needy family, per our agreement. The goats provide a source of milk and protein for the orphans while she uses goat manure for her nutritional garden. The livestock has boosted her self-worth within the community and she is able to sustain herself in an area affected by recurrent droughts.

Mrs. Ndlovu says that because she has her own livestock she is now "financially stable" as she knows that she can sell one goat and manage to get food supplies for two to three months. The local price of one goat is $85 and this is sufficient to pay school fees for three of her grandchildren for one school term.

When we visited her home, one of her female goats had given birth to triplets a day before the visit. In the photo, she holds the new members of the family with great pride and emotion. She says, “I do not know how to thank these people who have shown me such love. I truly believe angels are there and I thank God for his angels who have transformed our lives for the better.”

Ndlovu Family
Ndlovu Family

We often meet grandmothers who are caring for orphans in our programs.  Today I want to introduce you to Mr. Ndlovu.  He is a 67 year old widower in Bezha.  Mr. Ndlovu lost his wife 4 years ago and is looking after his grandchildren. 

Mr. Ndlovu is very grateful for your generosity.  Because of caring donors like yourself, we have been able to provide him with seeds and knowledge on how to plant and manage his tomato garden.  He says that he has managed to buy some basic commodities for his grandchildren and grown daughters who are completing their secondary education. 

Our partner in Zimbabwe is thrilled with Mr. Ndlovu's progress.  They said he has the best quality tomatoes, and have appointed him to teach the other families how to manage their gardens.  Additional seeds of other varieties have recently been distributed and we will continue to share the progress with you.

Would you like additional information on this program or others provided by the American Foundation for Children with AIDS?  Please www.afcaids.org or contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@afcaids.org to learn more!

Vegetable Garden
Vegetable Garden

Mbuya means grandmother in the shona language, the major language spoken in Zimbabwe.  Mbuya cares for her grandchildren, and now has hope for their future.  What has this elderly grandmother done to make this change in their lives?

Mbuya has proven that you're never too old to learn!  She has grasped our method growing local types of vegetable during one of our regular workshops.  Now she is the proud owner of this thriving green vegetable garden.  During our support visit, we met Mbuya's grandchildren and saw them watering the vegetables.  They told us that they have been selling some of the vegetables and used the money to buy sugar and other commodities.  During the hot season this type of vegetable garden does not demand much labor.  They have learned that if you give it a good soaking about twice a week, with mulching, it does very well.

We are thrilled to be a part of the success of this family, and we could not do it without supporters like yourself.  Mbuya is grateful to AFCA for the assistance she is receiving and feels blessed to see her grandchildren attending school.  They are no longer struggling, they are thriving!

Please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@afcaids.org to learn more about how you can help!

Dear friends,

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, countless children are healthy and they have returned to school.  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. And because of you, children like Maria not only eat well, but also go to school, dreaming of a future free of poverty. We don't have enough words to thank you for what you've done because it is huge...it is life changing.

Thank you for caring for the little ones we serve and for giving them a brighter future.  You are the ones who allow us to keep working for them, providing them with medicine, medical supplies, clean water, food, school fees and supplies, livestock, seeds, self-reliance and HOPE.

As you make your end of the year giving decisions, please keep us in mind so we can continue helping children in 2015 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 me at tweaver@AFCAids.org.  I'd love to chat with you!

On behalf of the children,

 

tanya

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American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Location: Harrisburg, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.AFCAids.org
Project Leader:
tanya weaver
Harrisburg, PA United States
$3,584 raised of $7,000 goal
 
30 donations
$3,416 to go
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