21 Sep 2022

The Impact of Climate on AFCA’s Programs

With so many worthy causes in the world, I get asked often why I choose to work with the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA). While there are many reasons, my initial draw to AFCA was their commitment to sustainability and the environment while impacting the lives of children who are directly affected by the AIDS crisis while living in extreme poverty. In Africa’s poorest communities, climate change is threatening day to day life. “Climate change threatens the lives and livelihoods of over 100 million in extreme poverty. Global warming is expected to melt Africa’s remaining glaciers in the next few decades, and the reduction [...]

20 Sep 2022

Season 2: Episode 2: The Impact of Climate

Listen on: AnchorFM / Spotify / iTunes Podcast Homepage Over the years, Tanya has seen first hand, the impact of climate on AFCA's various programs. In this week's episode, Jen and Tanya talk about the endless challenges that these new weather patterns create. Excessive heat, drought, flooding, erosion and more are all impacting every part of life for our beneficiaries. Crops, raising animals, water accessibility and safety are just a few examples of what is at risk. AFCA considers how the changing environment will impact our sustainability programs, and why it's important for us to all be more resourceful, and less wasteful in caring for our [...]

7 Sep 2022

Season 2: Episode 1: Joys of the Summer

Listen on: AnchorFM / Spotify / iTunes Podcast Homepage Welcome to season 2 of the AFCA Podcast, That’s a Terrible Idea… When Do We Start?!  We are so excited to kick off another season with you and to share with you, all the happenings and behind the scene work going on with AFCA’s programs as well as get to know the people behind AFCA and why they do the work that they do.I’m Jen Panattoni, marketing director of AFCA, and alongside me (When I can pin her down) is Tanya Weaver, our Executive Director and Chief, who would much rather be bumping along on a dirt [...]

2 Sep 2022

Edward Jones to Sponsor the Inaugural Hope for Kids Classic Benefiting AFCA

The Hope for Kids Classic looks to raise $20,000 with a matching grant for children with AIDS, and attract golfers in the Lebanon, PA area. Lebanon, PA, September 01, 2022 -- The first inaugural Hope for Kids Classic charity golf tournament will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 at the Fairview Golf Course in Lebanon, PA to raise funds to support the work of the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA). The headlining sponsor of the golf event is Craig Lowrie of Edward Jones Investments, who also holds a position on AFCA’s board of directors as Board Treasurer. “We are excited to be able to sponsor the first [...]

20 Jul 2022

My Vacation with a Purpose to Zimbabwe experience

AFCA Marketing Director, Jen Panattoni reflects on her experience in Zimbabwe with the Vacation with a Purpose Program.Do you ever go on a vacation, but feel the need to have another vacation immediately upon your return, because you probably never really fully left the routines of your daily life, and vacation just kind of *happened* to you? I know that feeling. In fact, we rarely call family vacations “vacations”, but family trips, because nobody is really in relaxation mode. The pressure of seeing all the things, doing all the things is enough to run you ragged, and turn anyone into a grouch when pushed past the limit of what vacation [...]

14 Jul 2022

The tree team….

The Tree Team visited Mr. Sibanda to learn about seed propagation and what is possible to grow in this difficult terrain. Deaf and difficult to understand, Mr. Sibanda is a wealth of information and is ready to walk beside us as we move forward with the plans of planting 50,000 trees - for human and animal food, honey, medicine, hardwood, and for the environment. Afterwards, the guys loaded thatch for another project. Now...time for lunch before moving sand to fix a road and more planning for the future. We'll wrap up the day with a sunset hike and a braai. Busy but wonderful day and work, for sure! [...]

13 Jul 2022

Volunteers with a Purpose!

What a great day in Morning Star! This is a fabulous, hardworking group...painted bee hives, collected seeds for our new tree project, did bee hive inspections, built fences, made and bagged compost, and designed logos. These guys are amazing! #afcaids #dogood #bekind

13 Jul 2022

A container has arrived!

A container of medical and school supplies arrived at the Sandra Jones Centre in Zimbabwe! Items are to be used by various #AFCAids partners. Whoo hoo! Thank you to each person who donated items, allowing us to send this incredible gift to benefit so many children. You are each a gift to AFCA and a blessing.

29 Jun 2022

The BEST shower ever

I watch from my hidden vantage point as my 13 year old son walks casually towards a project in the works, carrying two shovels with him. He is joining the other 13 year old on the team, Charlie, and Kevin. Those guys are now digging a ditch where piping for a water system will be installed. Hard work, for sure, on this dreary, freezing day and Kevin makes reference to Milan's "I Will Make a Man Out if You" song. I really should be helping, but my arms are grateful that there aren't enough tools for me, as we started the work this morning with scythes, cutting a path [...]

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