Children with AIDS (AFCA)
American Foundation for Children with AIDS helps children, their guardians, and pregnant women that are HIV+ in sub-Saharan Africa. AFCA provides medical supplies, medicine, nutritional supplies, and livelihood programs. Currently AFCA is working in Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In sub-Saharan Africa alone there are 22.5 million people living with HIV/AIDS, this is the highest affected region in the world. By supporting AFCA you are providing the opportunity those living with HIV/AIDS to receive anti-retroviral therapy, also known as ARTs, as well as medicine to combat opportunistic infections. Millions of children have been helped because of ARTs and there are many more to continue to help. With the access to ARTs, antibiotics and education to mothers on how to prevent mother-to-child transmission many people are able to fight off diseases such as pneumonia, thrush, tuberculosis and malaria.
Beyond medical support , AFCA provides nutritional support, provides livestock and seeds for Livelihoods Programs and helps to send children to school. Without food, which sometimes is prohibitively expensive for an orphaned child, children cannot take ARTs or other strong medication as they will become ill. By providing porridge as a short-term solution, children gain weight and strength to return to school and to be part of daily life. Because AFCA’s programs are meant to be a hand up, they also provide husbandry training, veterinary training, gardening training, livestock (goats, chickens, guinea fowl, rabbits, sheet, pigs), seeds, and counseling so that orphaned children can start their own flocks and herds. AFCA’s approach to food security is holistic, allowing the children to become self-reliant in a short period of time, which in turn allows AFCA to help even more children.
School fees and uniforms costs are difficult for many children and families to pay. Therefore, AFCA will cover these costs for children on an as-needed basis.
American Foundation ultimately wants to give hope to those infected by HIV/AIDS and most of all, give hope to children that they will live to be an adult and will become a valuable member to society. PIF Apparel would like nothing more than to give hope to these children, as well.
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