Family Care partner: Family Africa HIV/AIDS Program, Johannesburg, S. Africa
Project Manager: L. Rachel Aird
Family Africa’s project manager has worked extensively with HIV/AIDS awareness programs in South Africa since 2002. In January 2005 she established a TB/HIV support group Family Africa HIV/AIDS Program which involves skills training and development programs, such as literacy, knitting, sewing, and food gardening, as well as ongoing HIV/AIDS education. Nutritious food, warm clothing and blankets are also supplied, as well as spiritual support to AIDS victims. To date over 33,000 students have benefited from Family Africa’s HIV/AIDS school programs.
Their Mother’s Support and Counseling Centre for HIV positive mothers and their babies includes a free day care center for the children of HIV positive women, as well as AIDS orphans. Mothers and young women receive instruction so that their babies have an opportunity to be born HIV negative. At any given time, on average 55 mothers and 48 children benefit from this program.
Family Africa workers also visit primary and secondary schools with their interactive AIDS prevention programs, using music and drama to educate the students regarding HIV/AIDS. They also take the program on the road around South Africa and into the surrounding countries of Namibia and Zambia. Read more