This beautiful girl is living with HIV. Her parents have died of AIDS and she now lives with her grandparents. I have been sponsoring her for the past couple of years, but am looking for a new sponsor to take over this role. She can be sponsored through Children’s Heaven, a wonderful organization helping at-risk orphaned girls through community support. Sponsorship is only $25 per month. She is very good about sending pictures, letters and cards at the holidays. She is a very sweet girl and the sponsorship funds go to helping her get medication, clothing and school supplies.
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This is Joyce. She is 5 years old. Awaka Children’s Foundation is working on finding out her HIV status which is unknown at this point. Her parents are both HIV-positive and so is her little brother. Joyce suffers from severe malnutrition. Awaka is working on helping Joyce to receive the medical care and access to regular food to get her healthy again but they need the help of a Sponsor to do that. To Sponsor Joyce on a monthly basis is $25 per month. She can also be Sponsored on an annual basis for $300 per year.
This little boy and his family can be sponsored through Awaka Children’s Foundation
This is Edward Segawa. He is 2 years old. His father has abandoned the family. His mother is HIV+ and Edward is positive as well. Your sponsorship would mean that Edward and his mother could receive ARVs and the other medical treatment they need to survive. It would also provide them with better food to speed their recovery. It is clear from his distended belly and light hair that Edward is suffering from malnutrition. Sponsors are crucial for families such as this to avoid this little boy from becoming orphaned.
Lola Children’s Home is a small, loving orphanage located in Mekele, Ethiopia that serves children and families affected by HIV. Lola is the dream of Abebe Fantahun, an Ethiopian social worker that saw a tremendous need for services for HIV+ children and their families in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.
Lola Children’s Fund is now offering sponsorships for the children and families it serves. This is where your help is needed! Please consider sponsoring a child. If you are unable to sponsor at this time, please spread this message through blogs, email and Facebook. There is so much that can be done through Lola Children’s Home and you can help make Abebe’s dream a reality.
Lola Children’s Fund offers three different sponsorships. The family sponsorship ($25/month) provides families affected by HIV with food, medication, education and other necessary services. These monies go directly to serve the families. Family sponsorships are currently limited but the need will grow as more families reach out to Lola.
The other sponsorships available through Lola are the Daycare ($30/month) and Resident ($35/months) programs. If you sponsor a child at Lola you will receive timely updates highlighting exactly how your donation is being utilized. These updates will include videos, photographs, or letters from your sponsor child along with a report from the orphanage. This small sponsorship program allows for the outstanding opportunity to be connected to your child. Each sponsor has the chance to correspond with their sponsor child on an annual basis.
Lola also offers the opportunity to provide special gifts to your sponsor child or the orphanage as a whole. This might include a birthday party, a Christmas celebration, an outing, or books for the children to enjoy. Your donation will be well documented so you too can enjoy the experience.
Because the sponsorship is entirely electronic, overhead costs are very minimal. This allows a very high percentage of your donation to go directly to the children. Transparency is important to everyone involved.
If you are interested in sponsorship or have any questions, please contact Marissa Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help spread the word.
There are many ways to support HIV positive children, one of which is AHOPE For Children’s Community Support Program. I am a firm believer in programs such as this and others which enable parents and relatives to raise their children, rather than abandon them. Without community support programs such as this, there would be even more orphans in the world.
This post is a continuation of the Life2Orphans AIDS Children’s Homes sponsorship project. The first family I featured was Svetlana & Eugene’s family. This second family is Ludmila’s Family. If you would like to sponsor any of the children in this family, please contact me by emailing info[at]positivelyorphaned[dot]org
Luydmila’s family is expecting two more children! She currently has 6 kids at home and Luydmila is now processing paperwork to accept two more children with HIV, one boy and one girl who will be home within the next 2 months. The oldest 2 teenagers at home are HIV negative. This family is rapidly outgrowing their tiny 5th floor apartment. Luydmila would like to move to a house so the children will have a yard and space to run, bike and get plenty of outdoor physical activity. Apartment living has been difficult and the neighbors complain about all the activity.
The children adore their mother and she manages to make all of her children feel individually special. Luydmila is conscious that her children need a nutritious diet to keep their immune systems functioning at the highest possible level. She tries to buy organic produce, but it can be expensive with a family of 7 (soon to be 9).
Luydmila is a hard working single mother. She is the regional director for ‘Kids+’ which helps families raise their HIV positive children. Kids+ also finds families for HIV positive orphans. In the past 5 years, 24 children have left the orphanage to live with biological relatives or foster families in the community. Kids+ also works on stigma and how to deal with disclosure. Luydmila used to work from home, but starting in February 2010 she now works at an administrative building weekdays from 11-5. The children have music lessons after school while Luydmila finishes her work day. In the evenings, the entire family gathers to discuss the issues of the day.
Date of Birth: 10 October 1999
Clothing size: 7
Shoe size: 35/36
History: Masha has recently entered the family from the orphanage. Currently she is being tutored while preparing to enter school. She will most likely enter the 2nd grade.
About: She likes to sing karaoke with her sister Natasha and the girls often create dance routines together. She loves spending time with Natasha and the two are inseparable. When she first came to the family she thought they must be very wealthy to have so many children and she promised her mom that she would add more children to the family when she is grown. She used to attend dancing classes but needed to stop because of an outbreak of swine flu, but she would like to start again. She is looking forward to learning how to read and write when she starts school.
Would like to have: Rollerskates
Name: Ilya [Ilya has a sponsor!]
Date of Birth: March 10, 2000
Age: 10 years old
Clothing size: 5
Shoe size: 33/34
About: Ilya is a very kind, gentle, affectionate and quiet boy. He’s very helpful and he serves his sisters tea. He likes Spider Man and Harry Potter. He is in 3rd grade. He takes accordion lessons because his mom wants him to, but he doesn’t like it. He would like to have a brother and Ilya dreams of being taller. He is small for his age and he needs to get more exercise and nutrition to get stronger which will also help his immune system.
Would like to have: A sports corner workout center / indoor jungle gym and an outdoor bicycle. http://www.sport-ugolok.ru/dsk_flat.htm
Date of Birth: 6 January 1999
Age: 11 years
Clothing size: 10
Shoe size: 37/38
About: Natasha is artistically inclined. She is learning to play the guitar and she dreams of playing the drums. She has a good singing voice and she choreographs dance routines. She has an outgoing personality and doesn’t mind the spotlight – a natural performing artist. Her mom thinks she would do well at cultural university when she is older. Natasha likes to read and she would like to learn to speak English. She is in 5th grade .
Would like to have: a guitar (she currently borrows her older brother’s but he is leaving for the military)
Date of Birth: 28 September 1996
Age: 13 years
Height: 60 ½”
Clothing size: 14
Shoe size: 36/37
About: Katya seems very healthy. She is a typical teenager. She wants more adult freedoms and she loves talking on the phone with her friends. She studies Eastern dancing. She is very helpful in taking care of the younger children. Katya is in 6th grade.
Would like to have: a netbook for her studies
I had the great opportunity of meeting 3 families in Ukraine this Spring – each is raising 6-8 HIV positive children each. The children all entered the family through guardianship, foster-care and adoption. I will do a blog post for each of the families. Please contact me if you are interested in sponsoring a child or a family.
Svetlana & Eugene’s Family
UPDATE! All of the children in Svetlana & Eugene’s family now have Sponsors. Thank you to everyone who is sponsoring these incredible children. If you would like to become a Sponsor, please see Vera’s family or Ludmila’s family.
Svetlana and Eugene’s family includes one biological HIV negative girl (the youngest girl on her older sister’s lap) and seven HIV positive children who have joined their family through foster-care and adoption. Their house is loads of fun! There is always an activity going on in every room of the house. They have books and games and toys, but it is apparent they are outgrowing them. The older kids are still playing with preschool toys for lack of age appropriate activities and games. The children are all very well behaved and helpful. Svetlana was awarded the Adoptive Mother of the Year award by the governor.
Of all the families we visited, this family has the least and they also asked for the least. The love they have is sustaining them. They previously lived in an apartment but it was too small, so they’ve been living in this house for 2 years. They have a 10 year lease on the house from a neighborhood church. They invested all their savings repairing the property to make it inhabitable. Even so, they still need to heat their house with coal, they do not have indoor plumbing and they only have electricity in one room. They also do not have water on site and they can only have water delivered 3 seasons per year (it’s not available in winter since it is frozen). They received an estimate for digging a well, but they aren’t able to afford it since it would need to be 70 meters deep.
If you would like to sponsor one of the children in this family, or the entire family, please email info[at]positivelyorphaned[dot]org
[Nikita has a sponsor!]
Date of Birth: 13 September 2003
Clothing size: 5/6
About: Nikita is very friendly and playful. He has a warm and outgoing personality. He likes to play Legos, but he only has preschool Legos to play with. He likes to take pictures. He is very welcoming to everyone he meets. He will be starting school later this year and he has his backpack ready.
Would like to have: Big kid Legos or others age appropriate construction toys
[Ira has a sponsor!]
Date of Birth: 23 September 2002
Clothing size: 6/6X
About: Ira likes to draw and write. She is very creative and likes to paint and do arts and crafts. Her creativity also extends to building and constructing other things such as cars and buildings. She also has a girly side wearing barrettes in her hair and hosting imaginary tea parties.
Would like to have: Art and craft supplies
Date of Birth: 13 November 1995
Clothing size: 12/14
About: This guy loves cars! As soon as we arrived at his house he brought out his collection of matchbox cars and hotwheels. He is very good natured, friendly and personable. He plays well with the younger children and he always has a smile on his face. Vitali speaks some English. He goes to the sports complex on Saturdays with his brothers to play basketball and soccer.
Would like to have: handheld games
Name: Alexandra / Sasha
[Sasha has a sponsor!]
Date of Birth: 29 December 1999
Clothing size: 8
About: Sasha likes to play with dolls, draw animals, and she likes to write in her diary. She is quiet and friendly and proud to show off her achievements. She is the newest member of the family and she is still adjusting to family life after being in a children’s home for so long.
Would like to have: a drum machine, keyboard or other musical instrument
Date of Birth: 18 March 1997
Clothing size: girls 14 or women’s XS or 0
Shoe size: 35
About: Karina is very good with the little ones. She helps her parents a lot. She has a beautiful smile and she’s easy going, happy and friendly.
Would like to have: a cell phone
Date of Birth: 19 January 1999
Clothing size: 8
About: Peter likes playing with his cat and dog. He likes doing sports and playing outside. He and his brother Vitali go to the sports complex on Saturdays to play basketball and soccer. He likes playing with Legos.
Would like to have: a skateboard
[Dasha has a sponsor!]
Date of Birth: 24 November 2002
Age: 7 years old
Clothing size: 4/5
About: Dasha is always happy to help her mother. She likes playing with her cat and having pretend tea parties. She is very proud to have her ears pierced. She appears to be in need of dental care.
Would like to have: girls clothing and earrings.