I took a trip to Zimbabwe with AFCA in June 2019. The direct impact of the organization is way beyond what i could have imagined. We spent time providing resources to individuals with varying levels of need - from education (orphanage classrooms) to vocational training (teaching brand new sewing skills, agriculture with the donation of greenhouses) to life sustaining provisions (AFCA's goat program where those eligible get a chance at basically a new life with the acquisition of goats for their family and community). These examples are only a small portion of what AFCA accomplishes. I can't express strongly enough the impact AFCA is having on the communities they serve.
AFCA is THE BEST. I am an extremely proud volunteer and avid supporter. I discovered AFCA in 2010 while volunteering on another non-profit project in Nepal. Some of my teammates had experience as AFCA volunteers, and their AFCA T-shirts prompted me to ask questions about this organization. The way they beamed with joy and excitement telling me about the amazing work AFCA does, was telling this was something very special and unique.
I got the general mission from them, 'helping children in sub-saharan Africa who are infected or affected by AIDS', which in truth is too summarial to define the magnitude, dimension, heart, and reach of this organization and their work. It captured my interest, I read their website, followed on social media - and fell deeply in love with their commitment to the children and the thoughtful, sustainability of their programs. The efforts to minimize costs and get every dollar and every item donated into the hands of those most in need is of the highest moral standard. It truly is all about the kids and paths to brighter futures for the most severely underserved.
In 2018 I finally grabbed my passport and joined an AFCA team in Zimbabwe for some first-hand, hands-dirty involvement in the work I had admired from afar for many years. Our work was to support 2 of their initiatives 1. placing greenhouses in orphanages for sustainable food sourcing, agricultural education, and a little income from the extra too! (I should mention this is not an ordinary orphanage, the children are loved, educated academically and vocationally and are raised to be strong, engaged, and even leaders in their community despite their horrific experiences prior to arriving there) 2. working at a goat farm which supports the Kids4Kids program, in which pregnant goats are donated to families in dangerous need of nutrition and a 'hand up'. They will grow their flock, they will eat healthy veggies from the seeds AFCA provided and the fertilizer from the goats, they will drink the milk and they will have a resource for school fees which are too often a luxury that can not be afforded. They are given training and they are required to return goats to the program in the years to come to 'pay forward' the positive life changes brought about by their new lifestyle. In a country where a harsh reality is that money can't buy food even if money were to be had somehow, these programs are a godsend. If it sounds like I am a bit obsessed with these programs it is true. I have seen first hand the impact and it is INCREDIBLE. It works!
For 2 weeks I worked, laughed, cried, ate, shared stories with the other volunteers, and watched AFCA at work. One tiny slice of their ongoing, incessant passion for simply helping people who really need it. No agenda, just pure heart. Everything is done with love, compassion, respect and a common thread of humans helping humans just because they care. It is beautiful.
I've merely scratched the surface here of the full scope of the work being done by AFCA as they do so much more than "just" goats and greenhouses. They are dedicated and mighty with their souls and will never stop helping as long as there is kindness to be spread. I can't wait to be a part of it again as I am fully addicted and pleased to have grabbed a spot on the Zimbabwe 2020 team! (see photo my joy says it all!)
My name Is Mell Jones and I live in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I first came across AFCA about 5 years ago when I met Tanya who was getting ready to visit different projects that she had set up in and around Matabeleland. When I first asked I couldn't believe how much work Tanya had accomplished almost single handed.
Tanya Weave and I are now personal friends and every year I get the great privilege of being able to help coordinate a little bit of what her team does. I have seen first hand many of the projects that AFCA have begun and continue to support and grow in and around Zimbabwe and heard many of the testimonies of the people who's lives have been turned around by their amazing work. From Goat projects (often her teams build the goat pens), so teaching sewing classes to girls who can no longer attend school because of financial restraints on their families, to gardening and green houses and so the list goes on. AFCA's passion for helping children and changing lives can only be described as inspirational and wonderful. I feel so honored to be a very small part of this work. Thank you Tanya for all you and your family do! We love and appreciate each one of you!
AFCA is a wonderful organization that does very meaningful work with children and families affected by HIV. I live in Zimbabwe and get to see the impact of this disease on peoples lives on a daily basis. This organization provides people with a real way to sustain themselves, but alongside that provide help and support. I am so grateful for everything they do for the beautiful people of Zimbabwe. Thank you and keep up the excellent work!
I went on a vacation for a purpose trip to Kenya with AFCA for a second time this summer and it was truly amazing. Seeing the work that the AFCA is doing first hand is simply heartwarming. I will continue volunteering with AFCA because I see the great work it has and continues to do.
I've been volunteering globally for almost 10 years now. I've found AFCA tops the list in so many ways. Yes they do all the things you expect of a a non profit organization who aim to help people in the developing world suffering under the scourge of AIDS. For me they have also provided the opportunity to take my grandchildren on a volunteer trip so they can also experience how their peers live. Most importantly for me, as I get older and cannot do some of the more physical activities AFCA has provided me with a way to continue to help and assist by providing my business skills to their projects in Africa and supporting these people remotely. This is pure magic
The American Foundation for Children with AIDs is an organization that will be apart of me for the rest of my lifetime. My first experience with this incredible organization began in Zimbabwe, I was 20 years old. We served in remote villages and busy cities; building, fixing, painting, and improving preschools and orphanages. We played with, and held, and loved on young children and babies whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDs. I went on this trip the summer before I began nursing school and I promised myself I would return one day with a broader personal tool box to offer. Fast forward two years and I found myself with a Nursing license and a plane ticket to Kenya to serve as a nurse in a clinic aiding people of all ages, most of whom are affected and/or infected with HIV/AIDS. I stayed there for three weeks, treating and educating the community members of Miwani, alongside their local doctor. At 22 years old, this was one of the most difficult, beautiful, heartbreaking, and encouraging experiences of my life. The vision that AFCA has gives me hope for these people. These children. The clinic had only been open a few months when I arrived, and hearing their hopes, dreams, and goals for that space brought tears to my eyes. Moved by the thought of the healing this place, and these people, will continue to provide.
Not only does AFCA do a whole lot of good, but it is also run by really good people. You can’t help but catch their passion, it is so genuine and contagious. From the people who are behind it all in the US, to the partners and representatives of a number of African countries, these people are one of a kind. They make 9,000 miles away feel like home. They have mastered "work hard, play hard", making it possible to make an impact and explore the world all in one trip. I can’t give enough praise for this organization and the people that make it all happen.
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 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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tanya is an excellent leader who truly cares about the work and people she serves. AFCA makes a huge impact for a relatively small group and is filing a gap in the programs and services that are offered to children who are most in need. It is a wonderful organization that we should all try and support a group who is looking out for the under-served.
I have volunteered with AFCA for about 4 years. The past 3 years I have gone to Zimbabwe as part of a livestock distribution program that empowers kids orphaned by AIDS. Through a gift of livestock, children are able to learn life skills, improve their nutrition, earn school fees and break the cycle of poverty. I have personally seen the benefits of the work AFCA does. Though a small organization, they are able to serve so many through diligently using limited funds to their fullest. I am extremely proud to be associated with this organization
I have had the opportunity to travel twice with AFCA to Zimbabwe to work on a livestock distribution program for children orphaned by AIDS. I seen first hand the hard work and dedication of this organization in helping children receive the necessary nutritional support, income opportunities and educational fees they need. The work they do is vital to the success in these areas to make a brighter future for so many children. A great organization to support.
When I contribute to AFCA, I am confident that the dollars are going to be spent wisely. Tanya Weaver is tenacious in her commitment to being a good steward and will stop at nothing to find ways to make her limited resources stretch to provide the greatest impact.
I first began working with AFCA seven years ago. It is the first NGO with which I worked that dealt with HIV/AIDS in Africa. I was extremely impressed with their innovative approach to helping children with HIV/AIDS and their families. Since that time, I have worked with numerous other NGOs, some larger, some smaller. AFCA still stands out for its effective and innovative approach to implementing programs that have measurable impact. Additionally, as others have commented, they do it with very limited financial resources, effectively using volunteers, in-kind contributions, and, importantly, tireless and dynamic leadership from the Executive Director. Working with her and the organization is always very gratifying.