LVC students serve at a variety of organizations throughout Lebanon County and the surrounding area. Several of these nonprofits host weekly or monthly service opportunities. Here's a chance to learn more about the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.
American Foundation for Children with AIDS
The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) is a non-profit that supports children infected and/or affected by HIV and AIDS in Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After AIDS decimated an entire generation in Africa and with famines a common issue, AFCA asked local populations how it could help. The organization now supports children through livelihood programs, medical support, educational support, sustainability projects, and a special emergency fund. From distributing medicine and medical supplies to covering school fees to creating sustainable food projects, AFCA promotes self-reliance and builds capacity in families and communities. The organization’s work has impacted tens of thousands of Africans.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, the American Foundation for Children with AIDS has used its Operation Honeycomb special emergency fund to create handwashing stations in the communities where they work and educate local populations. However, AFCA has seen a decrease in funding because of the cancellation of fundraising events and fewer individual donations and grants. The organization is not a newcomer to pandemics and will continue to provide support, despite these challenges.
Tanya Weaver, executive director of AFCA, is a strong believer that everyone can be a part of the solution, saying that we all have something to give. LVC students and community members can help by sorting and packing medical supplies the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the AFCA warehouse in Lebanon.* Additionally, AFCA partners with LVC to raise awareness and funds through Pass My Plate (www.PassMyPlate.com) and similar programs. During these programs, students donate meal swipes, eat a traditional meal of beans and rice, and hear from Weaver about AFCA’s critical work. AFCA also hosts service trips to Africa, in which students, faculty, and staff can participate. With such a variety of options, students can make a global impact locally or on another continent.
*Service times may be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.