I have been educated so much about HIV/AIDS this year. First of all, I read “There is No Me Without You” by Melissa Faye Green. Mind? Blown. Heart? Broken.
Through Noonday Collection, I learned about Beza Entonto Outreach which provides holistic opportunities for people from the Entoto community (a largely HIV+ community on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) to change their situations by offering job training, medical support, supplemental dietary support, teaching, and counseling for the adults in the program. For the children, it provides educational support, supplemental dietary support, and morals and values teachings. You can take a look at some of the beautiful jewelry they make as part of job training at my Noonday site. All fairly traded, and hand-made from melted down bullets and artillery casings. (my favorite? It’s a toss up between these earrings and this necklace.)
Then, I found out about ProjectHOPEFUL, a group whose primary mission in life is to educate, advocate, and enable families to adopt children who are HIV+. And now, I have met so many families who have adopted those children.
What I have learned is that HIV is more manageable than diabetes for many of these children. There are powerful ARVs (anti-retroviral drugs) that these kids can take that makes HIV undetectable in their bodies. The kids have hope for a LONG life and happy and healthy futures because of this medication.
But you know what would be even better? If these kids could be born without having a potentially lethal virus in the first place. And it’s possible! 90% of child infections of HIV are passed on from mother to child – and 100% of those infections are preventable with care and treatment for the HIV-positive mother. A donation of $30 can provide care and treatment to one mother, for one month. In honor of World AIDS Day this Saturday, 12/1/12, join me and let’s give generously to save a child: https://secure.amothersfight.org/page/contribute/Support-Moms