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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

25 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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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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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.

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.

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!

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

Previous Stories

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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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have no idea the burdens others bear on a daily basis. This summer I had the opportunity to see first hand some of the challenges others face.

Thankfully AFCA is doing something about it. AFCA sends aid to sub-Saharan Africa which saves and improves lives of HIV+ children and their guardians. After hearing about AFCA from a high school friend I decided to volunteer in the fall of 2012 at AFCA's warehouse. That morning we loaded cargo containers with medical supplies headed for Africa. In August of this year I traveled to Tanzania to attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in support of AFCA's Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up program. My time on the mountain was the experience of a lifetime (so far). The funds raised by my team and I were used to provide lifesaving medicine to children in need. Following my time on the mountain I traveled to Mombasa, Kenya to visit a clinic supported by AFCA. While I was in Mombasa I spent a day walking through the local community, visiting some of the people who are supported by the program. I realized on this day the tremendous obstacles some folks face in regards to simply surviving each day. I also realized the tremendous impact AFCA makes in the lives of the people I met. I am glad to be a part of AFCA and the generous and life changing work they are continuing to do. I saw a glimmer of hope in a seemingly hopeless situation, and every day more lives are impacted positively from the support of AFCA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with AFCA through volunteering with my son's scout troop donating time to organize medical supplies in the warehouse to be shipped to aid clinics in Africa. Having been involved in many non-profit organizations over the years, I couldn't help but be touched by the true good AFCA was accomplishing. I continued to become more involved by gathering donated supplies from hospitals, civic clubs and personal friends who wanted to help. Feeling incredibly inspired by the difference AFCA makes, I jumped at the chance to participate in "Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up" and our family raised money to directly benefit AFCA and the clinics they serve in Africa. I personally had the privilege of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro last summer AND afterward, visiting one of the clinics we raised money for in Mombasa, Kenya. To actually SEE the contributions, so generously given, being used in such a valuable way... improving the quality of life for young children who are HIV+. KNOWING that we are accountable as well as effectively and efficiently helping to truly SAVE LIVES. You cannot describe seeing people being treated who may have never seen a doctor otherwise...in the poorest parts of the world. AFCA is working...and I will continue to support knowing that after spending time with these children, WE CAN make a difference. Friday, we will be loading a cargo container to be shipped to Africa and I will be there helping and thinking of those children in Kenya, and my heart will be warm.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Mombasa, Kenya from June 22 to July 3rd. I was nervous at first to meet my teammates as we had all come from different states and did not know one another. The first house that we constructed was for a woman named Judith and her 1 year old daughter Zawadi. Our team quickly got to work constructing a new home for them to live in and it was amazing to see how much we as a team pulled up our sleeves and worked side by side with the villagers to make sure that this was done not only for Zawadi, but for her mother as well. I will never forget Judith's words as she looked at her new home..."Now I haved up in the world". And this house was just a humble dwelling, something that we as Americans don't understand. We have running water. We have the basic necessities. I came home with a new appreciation for what I have. Sure, my "powder room" isn't what you see in the Better Homes and Garden Magazines, but at least I know where my next meal is coming from.

Our team leader Val was awesome! She and her husband Nick took time to get to know the team members as well.
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I was happy to return home to my family in the U.S. But I did so with a much greater appreciation of what we have in the United States. If you really want to change your life, and others in the procress than to get in contact with AFCA and see how YOU can change a LIFE for the better

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered on various occasions with this charity. They are very careful with our time and they try to use are talents to the maximum. I love how they truly care for the kids they help and they are so focused on doing as much as they can for the kids. I love them!

Linda94

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you are looking for a charity who is responsible with your donations, diligent in following the rules and regulations, promotes respect for all, seeks only the best for their recipients and all in all lives to provide the best care and promote avenues for long and heathy lives, AFCA is the charity for you. It was my sincere pleasure to have the opportunity to visit many of the distribution sights and their clients in 2009. It was an amazing experience to see exactly how the ARV's, antibiotics, nutritional suppliments, and many, many other things are distributed. The care given by the heath care orginazations who have been chosen by AFCA to distribute the aid, is a wonder to see. They work daily with these children and their families giving medical help but also educating, supporting and loving them. AFCA is a wonderful organization dedicated to using every penny, nickel and dime raised in the fight to end the suffering brought on by AIDS. The board of directors are all volunteers and the organization maintains an extremely low over head with only 1 full time staff member and I believe 1 part time helper. I am proud to be involved with this organization wnd would heartily recomend it to anyone wanting to become involved with something truly fullfilling.

Zwingli U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church was blessed with a visit from Sister Veronica Wanjiru Mwaura and Nurse Lucy Nyaga who are from the Mombasa CBHC & AIDS Relief Project in Kenya and partner with AFCA. Their visit inspired us to raise money which went towards food for the HIV+ patients so they can take their medication. We also did a collection of prescription bottles to be used to dispense that medication. We continue to work with this life-changing organization by rolling bandages to be shipped to hospitals who request them in Uganda, Congo and Kenya. The bandages are used for children and adults who are in need of these because the hospitals and clinics do not have enough supplies to treat their patients. These bandages can be washed if necessary and reused, which makes them valuable.

I hope to work with AFCA for many years to come. They are saving children's lives. There is nothing more important than that.

Charley A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have found the AFCA to be a very efficient charity, one that emphasizes the importance of spreading its resources to those who can make best use of them. It's promotional materials and web design are very aesthetic and convenient. It is easy to navigate the website. Additionally, the staff are all very friendly and helpful. Grade A!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Even though AFCA has been around only for the past few years, the dedication and determination of the founders and volunteers has made it grow in leaps and bounds, specifically in terms of the direct implementation they have achieved at the field level in Africa . Iam very proud to be part of this organization as a volunteer . They have minimal staff but maximum outreach. What makes it special is that its specifically targeted at the children suffering with AIDS in Africa. It’s a well balanced and focused program , providing holistic support to the community in Africa. As a volunteer I love the transparency they maintian regarding the program implementation by constantly keeping us updated about new programs, achievements and needs. That makes one feel needed and part of the project.