Friday, June 3, 2011

"Leo Toto"--To Raise The (HIV+) Child

While no child would ask for HIV, 'The number of girls aged 10-14 living with HIV grew from about 50,000 in 1999 to more than 300,000 in 2010," reports the Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). 

A nonprofit, Safe Haven Project, Inc. "...is a non-profit, domestic (U.S.) & international HIV / AIDS education & outreach organization dedicated to creating global awareness and compassion for children and young adults living with HIV / AIDS," states its website.

Another group, American Foundation for Children with AIDS, "helps HIV+ children, their guardians and HIV+ pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa who have no other access to aid. AFCA provides critical AIDS and related medications, medical equipment and supplies, nutritional supplements, and emergency supplies that are requested by the institutions in our targeted areas," their website writes.

Children With AIDS Charity, a UK based group, "...was set up in 1992 to help the youngest of those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS maintain a good quality of life. It is a national UK charity with the aim of working towards a future without poverty or prejudice for these children and their families," according to their website.

Leo Toto is Swahili meaning "raise the child."  It is also,"...a community-based outreach program providing services to HIV+ children and their families in the Kangemi, Waithaka, Kawangware, Riruta, Mutuini, Ruthimitu, Kibera and Kariobangi communities of Nairobi, Kenya," notes the Nyubani website.

Other organizations:
  Avert.org
SOS Childrens Villages
CHIVA.org

There are other groups who specialize in this field.  The Daily Prism does not intend to be a resource for researching such organizations.  Our purpose is to demonstrate that there are people who give their time, efforts and funds to help those in lesser and challenged circumstances--thereby spreading another spark of light from a universal prism.

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