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Center for Health and Hope

In particular, the Center challenges attitudes and actions that contribute to stigmatization and discrimination of persons infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. The Center believes that we can end the destruction caused by HIV and AIDS. Your gifts go directly to the designated programs.

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Educating Clergy & Laity About HIV and AIDS

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Females
Gays/Lesbians
Males
People With AIDS

Description

The Center conducts HIV and AIDS seminars around the world to educate laity, clergy, and clergy spouses about the global pandemic. Clergy in Africa and Asia are often misinformed by the disease and may be fueling the stigma and discrimination. Education about human sexuality is included. By overcoming ignorance and fear, and helping persons respond theologically with love, compassion and care, the church can be a partner with others in helping end HIV and AIDS in the world. Workshops have been held in Cote d'Ivoire, Thailand, India, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Rwanda, Zambia, Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Each seminar in each country has its own story of success. For example, pastors and laity in the Kaaga Synod of the Methodist Church of Kenya are now deeply committed to an AIDS ministry. Led by their bishop and a director of AIDS ministries, each of the 20 key churches in this rural area has two volunteer community health workers, two peer youth advocates, and other volunteers engaged in education, prevention, care and treatment. They have identified over 1200 vulnerable AIDS orphans--and over 400 of these children are now being cared for by guardians, grandparents, or others. The church pastor and laity oversee this community-based orphan program. Over 850 HIV positive people have organized in these 20 church centers, and meet regularly for support. Economic empowerment programs have been developed by church leadership to assist these persons. Persons of all Christian denominations as well as Muslims are welcomed and served. One HIV positive man commented, "Now I know what Methodism means--love in action!" Others have reported that "stigma has been reduced in our rural community because the church welcomes and includes everyone."

Supporting Colorado and Arizona AIDS Programs

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Gays/Lesbians
Native American/American Indian
Offenders/Ex-offenders
People With AIDS
People With AIDS (pwas)

Description

The Center raises funds which it distributes to partner Colorado HIV and AIDS organization for specific programs. Funding has been provided for
1) It Takes A Village, Aurora, CO, to help HIV positive African-American homeless and persons recently released from prison get temporary shelter.
2) Native American AIDS Prevention Center, Denver, CO, to support a women's retreat focused on HIV and AIDS.
3) TIHAN (Tucson Interfaith HIV and AIDS Network) to strengthen HIV education, care, and prevention program.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Each of these organizations has successfully implemented the grants provided by the Center. Partnerships have been formed by the donors supporting the Center and the particular Colorado AIDS organizations supported. At annual "Swinging@AIDS" golf benefits, participants from the organization have participated along with donors.

Caring for HIV Positive Women and Children in India

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
People With AIDS
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents

Description

Based in Chennai, India, the C.A.R.E. Foundation, is a partner organization focused on providing care and treatment for persons infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. The primary program is running a free HIV and AIDS clinic for women and children. They come primarily from the lowest caste, "dalit" or "untouchables," and face double-stigma because of caste and AIDS.

Led by Professor N. M. Samuel, M.D., who is the President of the AIDS Society for Asia and the Pacific, this organization receives major funding from the Center for Health and Hope.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Program has been cited by local Indian authorities as a model for reaching HIV and AIDS patients. Competent, caring personnel work in a clean, safe environment. One child-headed household perhaps best demonstrates the impact of this clinic: Both parents died from AIDS. Siva, age 15, cares for his younger sister, age 12, and a brother 8. Siva works six days a week, cleaning eggs at a nearby plant. His sister cleans & cooks, and tries to go to school, though she has suffered from tuberculosis. The younger brother is HIV positive and faces daily stigma and discrimination from other children, even at school. The clinic staff travels some distance each week to check on these children. Volunteers have built them a little brick house; others have provided them a bathroom so they have some privacy and an improved cooking area. Standing together, the children seek to survive against all odds, and the clinic goes beyond the normal expectations of what a medical center provides. As someone has said, "This clinic doesn't change the world, but it changes the world of these children."

Helping 260 Orphans by Providing Essentials--Gift of HOPE - Kenya

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
People With AIDS
People With AIDS (pwas)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

The purpose of The Gift of HOPE ("Helping Orphans by Providing Essentials) is to raise funds to support a community-based program in Meru, Kenya, that provides for the basic needs of AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children.

Not an orphanage, this effort based in the Kaaga Synod of the Methodist Church of Kenya connects needy children with grandparents, other relatives and guardians. By providing $150 a year, donors are able to provide the fundamental needs of a child for education, nutrition, care, legal protection, etc. Over 1300 children have been identified as needing care, but at this time only about 600 have been helped. The Center for Health and Hope has been able to help 260 of these children thanks to donors who have given $200 a year. Other organizations help with the other children.

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Evidence of Program's Success

1. Hundreds of HIV and AIDS orphans are being helped.
2. Children are getting educated and being kept within their extended families and communities.
3. Several children have now finished their basic education and have received training beyond the secondary level.
4. The program has been cited by various visitors, including representatives of the World Council of Churches, as a model for church ministry in the community that is stigma-free and open to all persons.

Tutoring, Feeding Hungry, Economic Empowerment--Tambaram Community Development Society, India

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Gays/Lesbians
People With AIDS
People With AIDS (pwas)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

The Tambaram Community Development Society is a legal charitable organization in the Chennai area of southern India. It has its own Board of Directors and provides social services to the poorest of the poor. It is a partner agency with the Center for Health and Hope.

Led by Pastor Dhanaraj, the program it sponsors with the Center includes a variety of outreach efforts. These include:
1. A tutoring program for young girls who otherwise might fail their exams and the 10th and 12th level and never receive any future education.
2. A nutritional supplement program that provides needed food to persons infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
3. Several small economic employment programs that reach out to help persons get small businesses started. Some examples, have been purchasing sewing machines, irons, tea making machines, and jewelry (which can be rented for weddings) for individuals.
4. School bags are provided for several hundred children from the "dalit" or "untouchable" community every year.
5. Special tutoring for impoverished and HIV positive children in the English language. Occurs both in the Chennai and Calcutta area.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Executive Director has visited many of the homes of people who benefit from the program. When visiting the mud hut of one young woman who had been tutored and was now in college, Dr. Messer noted that there was no electricity in the home. He inquired how she studied chemistry and physics, as she was now in college. The young woman led him out in the streets and showed him how she studied every night under the street lamp! Recently a young woman graduated from college and became gainfully employed. She now supports her mother and volunteers to help others.

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