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American Foundation For Children With AIDS, Inc.

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Causes: AIDS, Community Health Systems, Food, Health, Nutrition

Mission: 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

Programs: 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

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of joining AFCA on a trip to Kenya this July. Amazing does not even begin to explain the experience. We did a lot of work for the community. But the people there gave me so much more. It was an experience that changed my life and will forever remain on my mind and in my heart.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

www.AFCAids.org

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jenny91

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Diana66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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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Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Jodi W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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MA G.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Leslie60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFCA is a fantastic organization that leverages limited funds and inspires compassionate volunteers to help thousands of children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Their methods are very cost-effective and show incredible impact. I volunteered with AFCA almost 10 years ago and am just amazed by the ways the organization has grown over the years while remaining very true to their mission.

Anne103

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFCA runs an incredible organization, with lean administrative overhead and effective programing, they dynamically tackle the huge issue of children infected and affected by AIDS in Africa. I continue to discover aspects of their programming that surprise me by being well-thought out. They are serious about trying to work themselves out of a job, but wherever there is a need, AFCA steps in in a sustainable way. It's an honor to work with AFCA.

Mellanie J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Marianne E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFCA is a wonderful organization both in results for HIV+ children, and in the way it treats volunteers. Every time I show up to help, they have meaningful work for me to do. Within just a few weeks, shipping containers loaded, bandages rolled, boxes pack, arrive in Africa for the support of kids with AIDS. It amazing to see videos and photos of something we packed with our own hands being put to use in hospitals and clinics. AFCA never wastes my time or donations they receive.

Sarah199

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFCA truly helps the people they work with. They not only help children with aids but they provide them with sustainable means to break the cycle of it within their communities. They really go above and beyond for the people they help.