WAOD was initiated in 2002 by Albina du Boisrouvray, FXB founder and president emerita, to bring attention to the millions of children affected by AIDS. Every May 7, FXB organized a grassroots campaign to bring attention to the plight of children affected by AIDS and advocate on their behalf.
Children orphaned by AIDS are just a fraction of the problem, as millions more children have been made vulnerable. Behind the statistics are millions of stories of human suffering. The AIDS crisis has a catastrophic impact on households and communities – deepening poverty and exacerbating hardship. Over 95% of children affected by AIDS, including orphans, continue to live with their extended families. However, these families are increasingly overwhelmed by poverty and struggle to protect and raise the children in their care.
Despite progress in funding, preventing and treating AIDS, the world is ignoring the basic needs of millions of vulnerable children. Few resources are reaching the families and communities that provide the front-line response, even though they provide the vast majority of care and support to orphaned and vulnerable children. A generation will be lost if we do not take urgent measures to support the basic rights of children, and the families and communities that care for them. We can fight AIDS if we organize a long-term response supported by a strong political will. Ten percent of all HIV and AIDS funding should be urgently directed to support AIDS orphans and vulnerable children.
Approximately 90% children orphaned by AIDS live with extended and foster families – not in orphanages. Most often headed by widows and grandmothers, these families are frequently unable to cope with the costs of additional children in the home. At FXB, we believe that family-based care is the best solution for all children, starting with orphans. We work to raise children by empowering their families and communities to escape poverty permanently – therefore avoiding the traps that poverty causes later in life, such as a descent into gang criminality, prostitution, drug dealing and child soldiers. Unlike piecemeal aid, which offers single interventions, the FXBVillage program is a holistic, integrated solution which delivers investment in the long-term wellbeing of families and communities. The FXBVillage model relies on delivering the five drivers of poverty eradication at the same time and in an integrated way:
• Healthcare, including hygiene, clean water and psychosocial counselling
• Education, both traditional and financial training
• Nutrition, the ability of a community to feed itself
• Business, the ability of a community to fund itself
Each of these drivers relies on the others to help break the cycle of poverty. The results speak for themselves. Over 85% of families are self-sufficient by the end of the three-year program.
FXB INDIA SURAKSHA
Walking with candles of hope on World AIDS Orphans Day
Children from FXBIS (FXB India Suraksha) project villages’ spread across 15 states in India will carry out candle-lit awareness rally to remind the government about the objectives set in 2001 when United Nations’ Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS was signed.
More than 20, 000 AIDS orphans, individuals most at risk and people living with HIV/AIDS are being provided support services by FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) all across India. FXBIS Suraksha is supporting around 97 children from HIV infected/affected families in east Imphal district of Manipur. Through the FXBVillage program in Manipur, FXBIS has touched the life of total 651 infected/affected children from the year 2008- 2015. A total of 145 children (36 infected, 109 affected) are being provided with supplementary nutrition kit, free medical checkup and counseling services in Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. FXBIS Community health care centers provide medical support to the people in despair and pain. The organization continues to extend the support to the single mothers or caretakers of the Orphans by helping them strengthening their economic ability through different programs.
The scenario at this point affirms that despite progress in funding, preventing and treating AIDS; the basic needs of millions of vulnerable children still appears to be ignored. Few resources are reaching the families and communities that provide the front-line response, even though they provide the vast majority of care and support to orphaned and vulnerable children. Mamta Borgoyary, CEO, FXB India Suraksha says, “A generation will be lost if we do not take urgent measures to support the basic rights of children, and the families and communities that care for them. We can fight AIDS if we organize a long-term response supported by a strong will”.
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Synopsis- Generous Chaitanya is a story about pain, anger, happiness and generosity of a small town boy ‘Chaitanya’ (name changed). He is living with HIV. The story—set in Andhra Pradesh and illustrated by a FXBIS volunteer Priyanka Prajapati—shows that by taking ART treatment a person living with HIV can lead healthy lives.
FXB SOUTH AFRICA
A day of share, pride and gratitude
FXB South Africa is planning to take the older after school youth to visit the Sparrow Village Orphanage for the day in Roodepoort. Sparrow Village provides care and comfort to adults and children who have been infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They are both a hospice for the terminally ill and a Children’s Home for those vulnerable children who have become homeless due to the death of one or both parents. The Sparrow Ministry is one of health and hope.
The after school youth will take with them toys that have been collected as well as fruits and snacks for the children in the hospice and home and will spend the day entertaining these children with motivational poetry and play sessions.
Even though the youth are orphans and extremely vulnerable themselves, learning to share with others gives them a sense of accomplishment, pride and gratitude.
FXB is very active in the healthcare, especially with its programs for psychosocial support and medical assistance to more than 6’000 people who need reproductive health services and HIV related services.
FXB built a social network among People living with HIV/AIDS and their affected members and hosts an Empowerment Group every Sunday, 300 people in several groups called “Empowerment Sunday”.
FXB Myanmar will organize the WAOD 2015 on May 10 with the AIDS orphans or their family members in Yangon.
FXB Colombia will develop two workshops to sensitize the community on these topics, one in FXBVillage La Luz in Barranquilla and the other in FXBVillage Nutrinfantil in Mosquera-Bogota.