COORDINATOR Integration – Sustainability – Mainstreaming! These are the key terms that are being used to describe the future of HIV and AIDS projects worldwide. Funding for HIV is decreasing at worst or stagnant at best, according to UNAIDS. Ten years ago, AIDS was a still a serious human emergency situation with rapidly increasing numbers of those who were infected and dying and little, if any, access to treatment. Today, treatment options have improved significantly, and access to treatment is increasing in most countries . These are all indicators to show that HIV and AIDS is becoming a chronic disease management problem, rather than a public health emergency. Our projects have been responding well and are preparing to make sure HIV and AIDS outreach is being done by permanent structures and organizations, such as churches, medical clinics, and community organizations. In some countries, projects supported by HOPE for AIDS have been taken on completely by the church or have come to a natural end of their life cycle during this past year. Examples are projects in Angola, Zambia, and Nigeria. This trend is very encouraging, yet the challenges of helping churches and their leaders understand the necessity for education and training on key issues, such as sexuality, family life, youth and children, pre-marital and marital counseling, and care for the sick, that are all impacting transmission of HIV and AIDS and care for those infected is a continuous priority. With the above in mind, a hospital based HIV and AIDS program in Benin is joining HOPE for AIDS with the hope of increasing their effectiveness in the work they are already doing. Bridging the gap in funding and other resources is key as we encourage our projects to become more and more independent and focused on financial and programmatic sustainability. The year 2013 has been very encouraging and the future, while filled with challenges, is looking bright as HOPE for AIDS projects are contributing to the global goal of an AIDS-free generation! It is with great gratitude to all those involved that I present the year’s report. May God receive all the glory for the work accomplished!
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INDIA Ajanta, a 15 year old teenager living in Delhi, lost her father to complications with AIDS. Her mother, soon after diagnosed with HIV while her father was still living, was simply unaware of how to support her family, keep herself healthy and raise a confident young woman in the middle of a seemingly hopeless condition. Sai Malik, Ajanta’s father, was referred to the Shalom Critical Care Center when his condition was at it’s worse and soon enrolled the family into the Shalom Delhi Home Based Care HOPE for AIDS partner. When Aarya (Ajanta’s mother) lost Sai, she was shattered with the loss of her husband and overwhelmed with the responsibility of taking care of her daughter in the midst of her own illness with no extended family and no source of income. Enter the HfA Shalom family. After much counseling, mental, emotional and nutritional support, Aarya soon gathered the courage and strength to find work at the “Open Hands” shop. Ajanta, too, jumped in and began making tea kits to sell from home to bring in additional income. Opportunities for community involvement came in like a domino effect. Today, Ajanta, serves as a leader for the Peer Educator program at Shalom. She mentors, teaches and keeps herself accountable to makes choices of strength for a young woman rather than compromise. As Aarya and Ajanta carry on, together they have broken the cycle of risk for their family and are serving the community of Pahar Gunj well in lowering infection rates even further in India.
On Friday afternoons, Mma Mogapi’s front yard is brimming with wily energetic kids. Sporting grins unabashed, voices are strong and ears open wide. They’re singing stories about life lessons, playing games to encourage community and the benefits of exercise and filling up on snacks in between. Mogapi, a Senior Community Family Welfare Educator, started the program, Well of Love (in Setswana “Sedibeng Sa Lerato”) as a home-based care service for the Ministry of Health in 2009. She began to see a common thread in Gabane children enrolled in it’s home-based care government service. While it was doing a great job of helping them with provisions for food and clothing, they were lacking input that would help younger generations develop lives of good character, equip them to make good choices, lead them on a path of good health and empowerment. Mogapi says, “I’m trying to teach the children to know themselves when they are on the street because some of them are orphans and people often abuse them. We teach them how to protect their bodies; no one should treat them badly. Also we teach them that they should behave for their guardians and parents. We teach them to behave in a good manner, to know themselves and that they are the children of God. The community leaders, school teachers and the parents appreciate this.” From her own home, Mogapi had been running the program providing food, water and cooking for the children at her own expense. An act of service that started with only 10 children has quickly grown and now has over 80 children on its register. Today, the program is supported by volunteers mobilized by Flying Mission Care Ministries and HOPE for AIDS. As well as caring for the children, Mma Mogapi provides counseling to parents as well. She is often called upon to help resolve family matters or challenges at school. She says, “Family is the nucleus of a society and must be cherished and upheld. The aim of ‘Sedibeng Sa Lerato’ is to share love and impart knowledge that enhances good behavior and social skills. It also aims to guide orphans and vulnerable children in decision making.” She continues, “It prepares children to become responsible, participating citizens and the leaders of tomorrow who are guided by good principles.” As the program has grown, Mogapi and her husband now focus on marriage counseling, foundations for families and HIV support groups. Se says, “I am trying to help them with bible studies because some of them are giving up; they are starting to sell themselves and are passing on HIV to other people. I meet with them most Saturdays (attendance is voluntary) and we read the Bible looking at what God says about our bodies and how passing the virus onto another person knowingly is sin.” This year, ‘Sedibeng Sa Lorato’ is being registered as a trust which will enable the project to meet social service requirements as well as the ability to access greater support from government ministries and potential donor organizations. One hope is this would enable them to be assigned a plot of land for the development of a centre which would provide shade and shelter for the children’s activities, a meeting place for the HIV and AIDS support groups, a room for marriage and family counseling, space for outdoors activities with the children and a center for use in other community development activities (e.g. a gathering place for Ministry of Health education sessions and health screening). Together with Flying Mission and HOPE for AIDS, Sedibeng Sa Lorato is able to now mobilize short-term volunteers, achieve the trust application process, provide teaching materials, bibles and training through HOPE for AIDS’s Today for Tomorrow curriculum. We, a family of care-givers, teachers, counselors and visionaries look forward to a bright future with Mma Mogapi, her legacy and the impact it has on the community of Gabane.
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MALAWI Naotcha is a township on the outskirts of Blantyre, Malawi, and is an area in which HOPE for AIDS has been working for some time. Indeed, HOPE for AIDS’ first home-based care project in Malawi was established in this township. Today it is the setting for an “income generating activity” where it is helping people living with HIV and/or AIDS to produce a marketable product. Sales generate income for their families as well as profit to be invested back into the home-based care program. The product is soap. From an unappetizing start of around 7.5kgs of animal fat with cooking oil, caustic soda, water and Artemisia, the ladies involved with the project produce bars of good quality soap which is then sold locally. Each batch of soap takes about four weeks from start of production to saleable product. They sell a block for about 120 Malawian Kwacha (roughly .37 USD) making it accessible to their local community neighbors and still enabling them to make a profit and each earn a wage. The program has become so successful that, this year, the ladies are taking on the business themselves under mentorship of HOPE for AIDS Home-Based Care Coordinator Thomas Fungulani. So, how did the soap adopt it’s “lucky” name? Group members decided on the name stating that they felt “lucky” to have been chosen to make the soap and learn how to successfully run a small business and sustain such an important service in the Naotcha township.
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