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American Foundation For Children With AIDS, Inc.

Rating: 4.96 stars   50 reviews 2,629


6221 Blue Grass Avenue Harrisburg PA 17112 USA


AFCA is a non-profit organization that helps HIV+/AIDS children and their guardians in sub-Saharan Africa who have no other access to aid. AFCA is an efficient and highly effective grass roots organization that acts primarily as a conduit between the extreme needs of accredited partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and the vast resources of the western world. AFCA provides readily available, life-saving anti-retroviral medicine, medical equipment and supplies, nutritional supplements, and emergency supplies that are requested by our partners for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS so that the afflicted, at-risk children can have hope to grow up free of the devastating effects of this disease. Currently, AFCA is working in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Target demographics:

Children from pre-birth to they turn 19 years old

Geographic areas served:

Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Uganda


We provide anti-retroviral and other life-saving medicines to HIV+ children and their guardians; medical supplies and equipment; nutritional support; school fees; livestock and seeds for livelihoods projects; train doctors and midwives

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Isaiah changed my life. In 2006, I found myself in Uganda, visiting a place that should not exist in our era - a starvation ward. This is a place where starving children are taken, with the desperate hope that they will get healthy again. Many times, though, it is too late and some babies and toddlers survive and some don't.

While visiting this place, I had the privilege of holding baby Isaiah during his last minutes here on earth. He was tiny, so very tiny, and was too light to believe. His malnutrition was too far advanced and he couldn’t process food. It was obvious his little body couldn't hold on for much longer and that he was done fighting, so I rocked him until he was gone.

Children should NOT die of hunger. It's that simple. They should not die of something as preventable as hunger. On that day, I vowed to make sure that the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, the organization with whom I was in Uganda, would provide food for children under their care if they needed it. An entire new program was born in honor of baby Isaiah and now, not only does the organization give nutritional supplements when needed, but they also provide livestock, seeds and trainings to AIDS orphans so that they can become self-reliant and never be hungry again.


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This charity is amazing. They do so much for so many kids in Sub-Saharan Africa and spend only one percent of their donations on administrative costs.They sure know how to make the donations given to them last! They support over 5000 kids in Africa with medicine, food, and medical supplies and i am proud to volunteer with them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching how they share medical supplies with kids in Africa and with hospitals who don't have what they need to care for their patients. I hear stories and see photos of what they do with the supplies they receive.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them fundriase so they don't have to pay for a warehouse to hold their supplies. I'd hire another person to help them manage some of their programs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are real people who are doing great things for little money.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, hard working, dedicated, focused. The executive director is funny and is very involved. You'll find her and her family volunteering with others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy a warehouse. Hire another staff person. Save the lives of a million children.

Ways to make it better...

The bathroom at the warehouse worked.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough financial support.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Everyone should support these folks!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started working with Tanya and AFCA through a brand partnership. As I got to know Tanya and the organization over the last few years, I was always impressed on how transparent AFCA operates, and how even the smallest of efforts would have great impact directly on the children and the cause. Making a difference you can see has been a wonderful experience.

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I have been volunteering with AFCA locally in the US to help plan a fundraising event with the organizations leader, Tanya... Meeting and working with Tanya, you can't NOT feel a passion and desire to help this cause! She is phenomenal!!! This organization does a great job of helping children in African who have AIDS or have been orphaned or affected by the disease. They focus on supporting communities in a variety ways, from health, to hunger but also teaching sustainability to their people. Being involved with AFCA has been a blessing to my life, knowing that my efforts will help children who desperately need it and has also opened my eyes to needs in other parts of the world. With so many ways to help, I can't think of a better group to get involved with or support!!!

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We are a small charity in Southern Africa. We care for children who have been orphaned and abandoned. AFFCWA have come alongside us eager to support and strengthen, and see how they can help us develop. Having such an organisation backing us gives us the hope and confidence to know that we can continue and make a significant difference here. We are very grateful to AFFCWA and look forward to a long partnership with them.

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From rolling bandages for shipment to organizing a warehouse full of medical supplies to delivery of those supplies in Africa, the fiscal responsibility of the leadership is outstanding. Going beyond medical needs and helping families to become self-sufficient by providing a means of income and food for the family shows the forward thinking of the AFCA. I am amazed at the how such a small organization can have an impact on so many.

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Relentless passion, commitment, and tireless effort matter, and this organization demonstrates those attributes year-in and year-out. Ultimately, the difference is in performing the mission, and AFFCA successfully accomplishes a near-impossible mission. They find creative and innovative ways to get it done over and over. They do so much with so little. I can only imagine the good they would do if they were fully funded.

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I volunteered for AFFCA for many years, and I saw all the people at work, how much passion they have for what they do. nowadays people are sceptical about charities because of the reputation a lot of them have being a scam, but AFFCA is one of the charities that I fully trust. I have seen and learned all about where the money goes, and what different that money makes in people's lives.
there is so much passion and dedication when it comes to AFFCA that I find it inspiring in many ways.

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2 people found this review helpful

Strong leadership, good corporate governance, financial transparency, a focused initiative, and a strong history of mission fulfillment makes this one of the most noteworthy charities serving the global HIV/AIDS effort.

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I’ve been raising money for the American Foundation for Children with AIDS for two years. I just finished selling bracelets at a local art show. It was a two day “adventure” and I was able to raise $547 for the kids.

I really love being a volunteer for the American Foundation for Children with AIDS because …

It makes me feel good about myself knowing that I’m helping other kids and their families in Africa. I’m always thinking of new ideas to
collect school supplies, medical equipment or money for AFCA to send to Africa.

I really love to make people smile. Sometime I close my eyes at night and I can imagine the kids in Africa smiling because they feel good.

I like being able to tell other kids about being a volunteer. They may not volunteer for AFCA, but they might think about volunteering for kids with cancer or pets without a home.

I love to tell other people about the work they do at AFCA with the money I raise for them … like buying medicine or seeds or goats.

The people in charge at AFCA make me feel like I can make a difference, even if I’m just a kid selling my artwork or bracelets. They send me thank you notes and emails and give me hugs when I see them.

My teachers know about my volunteering and ask me to help in projects at school. They know they can trust me to do a good job. I can’t imagine my life without AFCA. It definitely makes me a better person.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I consider it a privilege to be able to volunteer with AFCA. While my time is typically focused on supporting the organizations medical initiatives, it is inspiring to see this organization and its leadership continually expand its vision beyond supporting the medical needs of children affected by HIV and AIDS. Their expanding scope of support speaks to the positive cultural changes occurring in the communities supported support by AFCA. More than simply surviving, children and families are flourishing. As a direct result, many children and adults have been afforded the opportunity to attend school, learn trades, and live in a sustainable community. The stewardship of AFCA leadership, in striving to thriving communities rather than reliant communities, is to be commended. With this in mind, I know my small efforts reap exponential rewards. Thank you AFCA for allowing me to contribute to your work!

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