AIDS Charity Africa

So Where Do Your Donations To African Charities For Children Go?

According to statistics from UNAIDS, 1,500 babies are born with HIV every single day. What's more, nearly 6,500 Africans die every day from AIDS. Those numbers paint a very tragic picture for African children. Southern Africa's Children, a leading AIDS charity in Africa, is doing its part to help bring some relief. There is a part for you to play as well.

The AIDS epidemic is a problem that will not go away without intervention from those of us in the West. Just imagine what it must be like in a part of the world that saw 3.5 million new HIV infections just in the year 2005 alone. In the seven years since, millions more have been infected by the horrible virus that leads to AIDS.

Southern Africa's Children Since 2002

Southern Africa's Children (SAC) is a UK organisation working with both the AIDS and albino communities in Tanzania. As an AIDS charity in Africa, SAC's primary goal is to help provide a brighter future for Africa's AIDS orphans. They do so through their orphanage and Hope School.

As an orphanage, Hope houses AIDS orphans who have no other relatives to look after them. They provide a nursery, a stable home, food and medical care, and primary education. Hope School also opens its doors to other AIDS orphans in the community who are living with surviving family members.

Thankfully, there are other community members who send their children to Hope School while paying full tuition fees. The money collected through these fees goes a long way in supporting the mission of Hope School.

The History of Progress

SAC was by no means the first AIDS charity in Africa to take on the task of working with AIDS orphans. However, the needs they found in Tanzania prompted them to get right to work. When they first got started, Hope School was a crumbling facility not suitable for either an orphanage or education. Therefore, in 2003 SAC began construction on what is now a beautiful and functional facility.

Hope School includes three blocks of classrooms providing primary education to 190 students. The school is extremely successful as evidenced by their number one ranking among the 58 primary schools in Tanzania's Shinyaga district. Annual rankings are based on exam results.

At the school's two dormitories (one for boys and another for girls), orphaned students receive a comfortable bed, casual and formal clothing, three meals per day, and personal help with studying for school. The dormitories have been home to dozens of students who have since graduated and gone on through vocational training.

As long as the HIV virus continues to spread there will be a need for the AIDS charity in Africa. Southern Africa's Children plans to be there on the front lines of battle. If you feel like you should be doing more, SAC would be thrilled to receive your charitable contributions. Any amount you can donate will be put to very good use.

"In 2009 I travelled with Hope School staff into the rural communities surrounding Hope School. Part of this visit was to take our orphans to see their clan leaders, village elders and neighbours, this happens every school holiday and is a vital part of ensuring that these children are welcomed back into their clan society when they are grown and independent. However this visit was also to meet with village elders to meet families who had either recently lost family members to HIV AIDS or who were going to over the next 12 months. It was literally heartbreaking to walk into a village and see only old members and very young child members of families. I met very few parents who were still alive. Grandparents were having to work the fields, collect water, cook the food needed for five or six grandchildren. In addition they were having to find the finances to pay for AIDS medication for their children and grandchildren as well as in the end funeral costs. The impacts on society are endless and tortuous. The emotional trauma is rarely assessed or measured by funding projects but as I walked around and met these incredibly strong grandparents, aunties and uncles and in lots of cases neighbours and friends, who had stepped up to look after a generation of orphans, the emotion of their loss and the pressures that this had put on them to provide for additional family members was all to clear. HIV/AIDS in these communities has killed the parent carer, finances providers and home builders generation. The impact will be felt for generations and the focus of our work is on providing a home, care, security and education for the most vulnerable orphans found in these communities, those boys and girls who had no family members left and no one who was willing to take them in and care for them. We work in partnership with village elders, church groups, village volunteers and the families themselves to identify the children we care for and this has ensured the success of our programme to date", Jenny Walker, Chief Executive.

To contact Jennnifer Walker email her here or call on: +44 01933 664091

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