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 [...]

25 Jun 2022

Zimbabwean beauty and the sounds found in silence

My amazing friend Lindsay and I head out to spend a night in the bush, a gift of togetherness after a long time of doing, doing, doing. We can't wait to be surrounded by Zimbabwean beauty and the sounds found in silence, so we pack up and head out as soon as we can on Friday morning. We make it to the outskirts of town, listening to music and chatting away until we are flagged down at a police stop, where we are told the insurance on the vehicle is expired. Lindsay says that cannot possibly be true and we both get down to check the stickers on the [...]

20 Jun 2022

Fast and fearless in Kinshasa.

On the road again... Actually, in the air again - to Nairobi (Kenya), Johannesburg (South Africa) and finally, by tomorrow afternoon, to Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)! Spend the afternoon and evening with a friend, eating shwarma and catching up on life, kids, husbands, and work. After a hot shower (an actual shower with hot water!) and my last packet of coffee and a final hug, I arrived well to the airport, thanks to the best taxi driver ever, the bopping Dode. I am so glad to be able to call him when I need a safe, . He isn't fazed by anything. NOTHING. He just sways his body from side to side [...]

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