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Causes: International, International Development

Mission: Afc supports orphaned and vulnerable children and families affected by hiv/aids in ethiopia, as well as children who are hospitalized in low-resource hospitals in ethiopia.

Programs: Afc operated a children's home for hiv positive, orphaned children, a transition program for youths leaving the home, a support program for orphaned children in the community, and an art program at local hospitals. The children in the afc home have been given holistic care in a family atmosphere. As they have begun to grow up, the impact of afc's dedication to high-quality care and respect and caring for each individual have started to show. As children began to grow up and leave the home through a transition program, they have made afc very proud by finding success and remaining committed to the other afc children and to giving back to their communities. In 2014 several of our youths completed trade school and became gainfully employed. One entered nursing school. Three continued to study in university. The children all adhered to arv therapy and continued to be in good health. Several younger children passed their national exams. All children did well in health, in school, and with peers. All of them voluntarily participated in philanthropic activities, from teaching younger children at camps about living with hiv, to tutoring younger hiv positive children at other homes, to leading and participating in artheals projects at afc. The children in our outreach program also benefitted from our support. All of the children in this program received healthcare, arv medications, and school supplies. All of them attended school in 2014. Their caregivers received several life-skills trainings to help them raise and advocate for the children in their care, who are hiv positive. The artheals program, which revitalizes the children's wings in low-resource hospitals, cleaned, painted, and installed child-friendly mural art in three hospitals in the city. Afc also conducted an art training program in which children received art training and art creation sessions from professional artists. Patients, caregivers, and hospital staff in these hospitals reported that the changes made a positive difference in the experiences of the children hospitalized there, and some doctors and nurses even stated that they feel the changes help the children in their healing process.

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