American Foundation For Children With AIDS, Inc.

Hope is the Spark that Changes Lives

aka AIDS Childrens' Foundation   |   Harrisburg, PA   |  www.afcaids.org

Mission

The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) is a non-profit organization providing critical comprehensive services to infected and affected HIV+ children and their caregivers. Our programs are efficient, promoting self-reliance and sustainability. Since 2005, in collaboration with our in-country partners, we have served tens of thousands of families in some of the most underserved and marginalized communities in Africa. Our areas of impact include: medical support, livelihoods, educational support and emergency relief. Currently, AFCA is transforming lives in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Mrs. Tanya Weaver

Main address

1520 Greening Lane

Harrisburg, PA 17110 USA

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Formerly known as

Global Foundation for Children with AIDS

EIN

30-0247823

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

Livestock Breeding, Development, Management (K26)

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

AIDS has decimated villages and communities across the world. In Africa, it has left millions of children orphaned and/or infected with the virus. These children and any living guardians need skills to provide for themselves the medicine and care they must have, food to stay strong, and education to work themselves out of poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Medicine for HIV+ children

AFCA provides medication to combat opportunistic infections in children and guardians infected by HIV to our partners throughout Uganda. Through them, we serve over 7200 HIV+ children and their HIV+ guardians, giving them the life saving medicine for free.  We provide third-line ARVs to five children who have become resistant to other drugs. We also provide testing kits for pregnant mothers.

Population(s) Served

AFCA funds the training of our beneficiaries in husbandry, basic veterinary skills and gardening. When they are ready, they are given livestock and seeds to start on the road to self-reliance. AFCA also manages and funds projects leading to jobs for HIV+ mothers.

Population(s) Served

We are creating sustainable systems that will allow supported projects to function on their own. To this end, we manage and support a sisal project in Miwani, Kenya, which provides income to the employees and to the local orphanage. We support a farm in Gemena, Congo, which produces food that is sold at the market and helps with the funding of smaller projects. We fund and help manage various greenhouse projects in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and a community garden in Miwini, Kenya.

These projects receive help from AFCA, whether they be seeds, funding, training, oversight, management, volunteers, and staff.

Population(s) Served

We provide clinics and hospitals items they need to function well and to serve their clients with dignity - hospital beds, needles, sutures, gloves, autoclaves, delivery tables, incubators and much more are sent to partners throughout Uganda and Kenya, helping them reach capacity.

Population(s) Served

AFCA pays for school fees from pre-K through university or trade school for a specific number of children who are unable to pay for the fees themselves.

AFCA provides supplies, books, school packs, and teacher supplies to various partners. Some have been used to set up Early Education Centers and some are used in local schools, while also providing children with the supplies they need for the school year.

We also provide reusable feminine pad kits for girls so that they can stay in school.

Population(s) Served

AFCA will respond to emergencies that affect the communities in which we work to ensure that the children and guardians in our programs are safe. In the past we have provided water filters during flooding, nets to keep gardens safe from invading locusts, food during famine, cleaning supplies after fires and flooding, and hand washing stations during COVID.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

4 star 2015

Charity Navigator

4 star 2016

Charity Navigator

Top Rated Charity 2015

Charity Watch

Top Rated Charity 2016

Charity Watch

Best in America 2015

Independant Charities of America

5 stars 2014

Great Nonprofits

3 star 2018

Charity Navigator

3 star 2019

Charity Navigator

Superstar 2019

Global Giving

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of individuals to whom medicines were distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Medicine for HIV+ children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

AFCA provides medicine to combat opportunistic infections in HIV+ children and their guardians. We also provide 3rd ARV to a specific group of children. We will provide medicine until goverments can.

Number of facilities improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Surplus Medical Supplies for Clinics and Hospitals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

AFCA aims to equip hospitals and clinics who serve children in AFCA's medicine programs. We get them to a point where they have the supplies they need to function well and safely.

Value of Medical Supplies and Equipment Donated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Surplus Medical Supplies for Clinics and Hospitals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

AFCA provides requested medical supplies and equipment to clinics and hospitals who don't have what they need. We send new or used, but in good working condition items to build their capacity.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Livelihoods Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number is direct beneficiaries. This is a pass-it-forward program which impacts not only the beneficiary, but the community in general.

Number of hygiene kits distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

School fees, uniforms and books. Early learning centers established.

Number of clients whose nutrition has improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Agriculture

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Direct beneficiaries who received food through greenhouse and garden programs

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AFCA is focused on children from pre-birth to 19 years of age affected and/or infected by AIDS who lack access to appropriate medical care in areas not yet reached by the large AIDS programs. We also focus on children who've been orphaned by AIDS and who have difficulty providing for themselves. We're a nimble organization able to fill a void by providing medicine, supplies, equipment, livestock, and other items requested by indigenous professional service providers and unavailable from any other source.

Our goal is to help the children and their guardians to become healthy through the provision of medicine and food, but also to become self-sufficient so that they, in time, can provide for themselves, purchasing what they need and ending the cycle of poverty. We'd like to see the following happening by the end of the next five years:

1. 2000 orphaned families are doing well and are able to sustain themselves through the Livelihoods Programs in Zimbabwe and Congo
2. The agriculture program in Kenya is providing jobs to HIV+ moms (widows) so they can provide for themselves and their children
3. We grow to support 8000 children and guardians (per year) so they are receiving the medicine they need to stay healthy.
4. We will have the ability to send 7 40' containers of medical supplies and equipment per year
5. To help set up Early Learning Centers so that the youngest victims have access to education
6. To build the capacity of hopitals and clinics which are serving our beneficiaries

Our areas of focus are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda, and Kenya, working mostly in small villages and towns throughout the countries, although we do have programs in Mombasa, Bulawayo, Mzuzu, and Kampala, all major cities.

AFCA will continue to support the training of orphaned families in order to create a solid base to the livelihoods project. We will continue to support the purchase and delivery of livestock and seeds, as well as the continued follow up with all families and training for staff, where needed. We will continue to implement the re-gifting of animals to other families so that the program will continue to grow and expand.

AFCA will continue building multiplication centers for the breeding of animals and for training grounds for gardening and husbandry for beneficiaries.

AFCA will continue to network and partner with local and other companies who donate used and new medical supplies, expanding our warehouse capacity. We have plenty of space for growth in our warehouse.

AFCA will continue to provide life saving medicine to children and guardians infected with HIV.

AFCA will continue to educate children in our programs, knowing it is an important step to break the cycle of poverty.

AFCA will continue to fund and manage greenhouse and garden projects so that communities can eat well, orphanages are supported and beneficiaries eat well.

AFCA will continue to react quickly to various emergencies which affect the children we serve.

In order to grow our shipping and medicine donation programs, we will continue to fundraise, growing our Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up series of events to include Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, and New Zealand.

Our board of directors and staff are well-versed in international and development work, as well as business management. With this group of people, we have great capacity, but we feel the need to add a Deputy Director to the mix very soon.

One thing we know is that fighting the AIDS pandemic and helping AIDS orphans is not about us. We like to build connections, not structures. AFCA is distinctly connected to stable, non-governmental organizations in the countries where we work, bolstering existing networks from which continued services can be made available. Our partners on the ground not only know their communities, but have served them well over the years. With a deep knowledge of each country's history and people, language and customs, these partners have the relationships and capacity to extend AFCA's programs to their people. They are known, trusted and respected.

Besides our staff, board and partners, we also have a large group of volunteers who help in every aspect of our work, from graphic design to the warehouse management. Without these folks, the work would not be possible.

Since our inception, we have accomplished a huge amount of good for children affected and/or infected by AIDS. Not only are children receiving constant supplies of the medicine they need, but we are able to keep clinics equipped with the supplies they need. We started very small with the livelihoods programs and now boast over 1800 families who've benefitted from this project. Our progress is big - children who didn't have a chance at survival are not only surviving, but they are thriving. They are becoming farmers and gardeners and they are healthy.

Clinics and hospitals are able to give medicine and to test children with no interruption of services - this is a huge accomplishment! We are also happy that children are eating well and because of that, they are staying in school. Guardians, including elderly grandparents, have work so they can raise the children in their care. It is exciting to see what a small group can do!

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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American Foundation For Children With AIDS, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William Garbarino

Algonquin College

Term: 2015 - 2017

Nicholas Cassino

Director

Michael Kracht

Director

Stephanie Watkins

Treasurer

William Garbarino

President

Karin Storz

Director

Renee Gabbett

Director

Jennifer Panattoni

Secretary

Anne Parmer

Vice President

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/14/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data