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2 Jun 2021

A Beautiful Dance of Movement

June 1, 2021 - Central African Republic The breeze rustles the thatch roof of the restaurant on stilts on which I sit, wafting the river smell my way. A combination of fish, water, and garbage make a strong odor, inching its way to where I sit sipping a bottle of water. Across the river is Zongo, our port of entry into the Democratic Republic of the congo. Pirogues (dug out canoes) are gently pushed down river as fishermen change spots in search of fish. Others sit in the center of the river, dredging the bottom for sand. Two pirogues sit still in the very middle, directly in front of me, [...]

10 May 2021

Why we do what we do – Alice at the tailoring shop

Alice is a 16 year old child who lives in Western Kenya. Young and orphaned is hard enough - having to scrape together a living while trying to stay safe from predators who know you are alone. Thankfully, Alice had a sponsor from another organization who was paying for some school fees and needs, which was helping her Immensely.  One day, as Alice was making her way home, she was raped by a taxi driver and the rape resulted in pregnancy. When the sponsor found out about the pregnancy, they immediately dropped their financial support, leaving the girl in an even more desperate situation. Raped, pregnant, orphaned, and now with [...]

4 May 2021

Giving Connected

Tanya, AFCA's Executive Director talks with Giving Connected in a podcast. Click on the link below to listen to Tanya! The podcast is also available on Spotify and Amazon Music https://givingconnected.buzzsprout.com/1440700/8415935-afcaids

22 Feb 2021

Great.com interviews AFCA

Great.com interviews American Foundation for Children with AIDS about their self-sustaining programs in Africa Spirit Rosenberg from Great.com interviewed American Foundation for Children with Aids as part of their 'Great.com Talks With...' podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world. Supporting Livelihoods for Sustainable Futures With the increased demands of COVID-19, resources are being diverted towards various emergency funds and many organizations providing critical services have suffered a loss of financial support. Tanya Weaver from American Foundation of Children with Aids (AFCA) describes their holistic approach to supporting families [...]

24 Sep 2020

Bodeme visit part 6

My day’s plans are thrown out the window as I wait for Mandaba to pick me up so we can recover my passport from the DGM office in Gemena. We have been told that the man who confiscated it has returned to Gemena and he has assured us that the passport will be waiting for us. We wash our hands, have our temperature taken, and put on masks before entering the wooden building downtown where we are greeted by three men with no masks on in a small room. They hear our story impassively, show us to the waiting room and tell us to wait. We wait. I share a [...]

23 Sep 2020

Bodeme visit part 5

I have forgotten all about the immigration (DGM) man who had visited us at the chief’s house and haven’t thought of him at all until we see him on our way back to Gemena, standing on the side of the road, flagging us down and telling us to stop. Frito is ahead of us, flying down the road, while Toussaint follows behind, never too far, so he is with us when we are told that I must follow the DGM man to the chief’s house. Mandaba asks what the deal is and is told that we do not have permission to dig wells and therefore, my passport is to be [...]

23 Sep 2020

Bodeme visit part 4

Morning arrives much too quickly, the sun high and hot. Frito turns the eggs and onions we brought into a delicious breakfast, along with the left-over grubs from dinner, and hot coffee. Roasted peanuts round out the meal and my belly is happy and full once again. Our goal is to leave by noon, so we start putting more filters together, working as a team until the last are finished and we are ready to distribute. More training is done so that the headmasters and the head of the clinic know how to use the filters properly and we watch as they carry them away on the backs of bicycles [...]

22 Sep 2020

Bodeme visit part 3

We are sweaty and tired, but we have much to do, so we dive right in, putting water filters together for a clinic, two schools, and two churches. We manage to do the ones for the churches by the time two chickens are brought to us to choose from and it seems that both meet their fate that very day because Frito finds himself in the kitchen hut cooking them both, saving me from the task. We present a filter to the chief and it is set up in no time, providing all of us with clean water to drink and with which to cook. He is the best example [...]

21 Sep 2020

Bodeme visit part 2

We roll into the village of Bodeme after more than 5 hours of watching the road go from a regular sized road to almost a foot path. As the hours pass, I keep marveling at the change in the road and in the vegetation around us, with dark green leaves of all shapes and sizes intertwined by purple, yellow, orange, and red flowers. It is hot, so very hot, and I am glad for the breeze as we ride past huts and people on both sides of the road. I notice how everything looked rather poor when we started off, but the rate of poverty is getting desperately worse as [...]

19 Sep 2020

Bodeme visit part 1

We are supposed to leave at 7:30am, but end up pulling out at 9:30 or so, after packing up the three motorcycles to the hilt. Twenty four 25-gallon buckets, a small ice box with eggs, salt, oil, onions, and tomato paste, and two shipping crates full of camping gear, solar lights, seeds, water filters, two plates, a couple forks, one knife, one spoon, powdered milk, freeze dried coffee, sugar, and some almond butter packets for snacks, make it on to the back of two motorcycles, along with a mattress, two pairs of rubber boots, in case of rain, and the personal belongings of each of the drivers. Our bike holds [...]

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