Day 135: Africa’s Children - Africa’s Future
Today’s give comes on a recommendation from another reader of the blog, Africa’s Children-Africa’s Future is a relatively young organization based in Canada. They are dedicated to investing in the future of the world: children. Their focus is on orphans and children affected by the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Through various programs, AF-AC works to provide education, awareness, and training to help these at-risk youth obtain a healthy and promising future and that is a wonderful mission.
AC-AF's vision is a future in which all children have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. We offer a wide range of programming worldwide that encourages empowerment amongst youth by providing the tools for them to increase and share their awareness of HIV and AIDS.
As a result of the prevalence of HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, many parents die of AIDS-related illnesses before their children have reached adulthood, leaving many households to be headed by children. Children in these households are vulnerable to financial, social, emotional and health-related difficulties that contribute to a cycle of poverty. AC-AF’s Orphan and Vulnerable Children Support Programme (OVCSP) is designed to address all of these issues in partnership with local communities in Africa. AC-AF provides micro-credit loans to boys and girls in child-headed households so they can attend school. Youth participating in the programme also receive vocational training in which they learn valuable work skills which will in turn allow the children to secure jobs and financially support themselves and their families, through an apprenticeship programme. AC-AF also offers psychosocial support that will enable youth to become confident, happy and productive members of the community. All of AC-AF’s programming is equally targeted to boys and girls, ensuring gender equality.
Over half of all new HIV infections occur amongst young people aged 15 to 25. In attempt to reach the demographic now most affected by the virus, AC-AF launched a creative youth empowerment programme called u+me=we in 2007. u+me=we works with youth aged 12-19 from around the world through a series of workshops that create opportunities for youth to engage in creative, skill-building and leadership situations and to explore HIV and AIDS related issues in order to increase both awareness and understanding. This program works with local health care professionals, artists and development specialists and encourages participants to launch a meaningful conversation about the realities of HIV and AIDS in both a local and global context.
Amount Donated: $5
To support Africa’s Children-Africa’s Future, please visit: http://www.ac-af.com