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AIDS Orphan Resources Around the Globe

Compiled by Enid Vázquez

March/April 2003

Alliance for Youth Achievement
Works with small organizations in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia that help orphans and/or street children. Site visits ensure that money is used for the purposes agreed upon. 534 Commons Drive, Suite 100, Golden, CO 80401. Visit www.allforyouth.org.

Catholic AIDS Action, Namibian Catholic Bishops Conference
In addition to working with orphans, prevention work includes condom education. P.O. Box 11525, Windhoek, Namibia. Phone (264)-61-276-350. Visit www.caa.org.na.

Children Affected by HIV/AIDS E-Mail Forum
Excellent real-world information from people working in a variety of efforts related to HIV/AIDS. Established by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Send an e-mail with "subscribe CABA" in the body to listserv@list.s-3.com. Also has list of resources related to children affected by HIV/AIDS. Visit www.synergyaids.com.

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Dedicated to research, works to establish voluntary counseling and testing and prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs around the globe. 2950 31st St., #125, Santa Monica, CA 90405; (888) 499-HOPE (4673) or (310) 314-1459. Visit www.pedaids.org.

Family Health International
Decades of work around the world. Includes HIV prevention and care, voluntary HIV counseling and testing, and policy development and advocacy. FHI HIV/AIDS Dept., 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22201; phone (703) 516-9779. Visit www.fhi.org.

Firelight Foundation
Focuses on children orphaned or affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. 510 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; phone (831) 429-8750. Visit www.firelightfoundation.org.

François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Association
After her son, helicopter rescue pilot François-Xavier Bagnoud, died in 1986 during a rescue attempt in Mali at the age of 24, his mother, the Countess Albina du Boisrouvray, did an amazing thing. She used her grief to start an association in his honor that helps other people's children: the orphans and vulnerable children of the world. du Boisrouvray was awarded France's Legion of Honor for her work on behalf of children with HIV, including impassioned advocacy before governments. The Association operates eight FXB houses for very young children suffering from HIV/AIDS, and provides them with treatment, in Brazil, Colombia, India, Thailand and the United States. It compiles the Orphans Assistance Database (AOAD), an excellent listing of organizations and individuals (www.orphans.fxb.org). Supports community-based programs which in her talks the Countess says can be run on small budgets but with big results. Provides a bi-monthly update of the AIDS Orphans crisis via e-mail. Hires experts to scientifically document the social and economic impact of HIV/AIDS on a global scale. Conducts income-generating activities for families. Works with street children and also children of sex workers, among many other projects. Through "vocal interventions, written advocacy statements, and at times loud denunciations ... bridge[s] the divide between those working in the field and decision makers who determine policy and funding." U.S. office: (781) 359-3800. Visit www.fxb.org.

Hope for African Children Initiative
Community-based effort for children orphaned by AIDS or whose parents are ill or dying of AIDS-related causes. Coalition of five international organizations. P.O. Box 76154-00508, Nairobi, Kenya; phone 254-2-717-203. Visit www.hopeforafricanchildren.org.

National Community of Women Living With HIV/AIDS in Uganda (NACWOLA)
Services include psychosocial support through home visits and counseling to members, their children and communities. Helps establish guardianship arrangements and provide documentation of important family history and memories in a "memory book." P.O. Box 4485, Kampala, Uganda; phone 256-41-269694. Visit www.designerswithoutborders.org/nacwola.html.

Pendulum Project
Describes some organizations they are working with on their website. Visit www.pendulumproject.org.

Treatment Action Campaign
The South African activist group brought the government to its knees, forcing it to provide Viramune (nevirapine) to HIV-positive pregnant women in public health clinics. That alone will do a great deal for the orphan crisis in that country. It also brought the pharmaceuticals to their knees, forcing them to withdraw a lawsuit stopping the government from making generic HIV medications. Visit www.tac.org.za.

Sparrow Ministries Hospice
(See story in this issue.) An interdenominational ministry providing for adults and children with HIV/AIDS outside of Johannesburg. Building homes for families living with HIV/AIDS. P.O. Box 91790, Auckland Park, 2006 South Africa. Visit www.sparrow.org.za.


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