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Review for American Foundation For Children With AIDS, Inc., Harrisburg, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Volunteer