HIV/AIDS in Africa
What is YWAM’s response to HIV and AIDS?
YWAM is responding to the HIV and AIDS epidemic with a heart of compassion. The following is an incomplete list of ministries working in various capacities regarding HIV.
UGANDA - Soroti
Amecet n'ainapakin (which means 'Shelter of Peace') is reaching out to HIV infected and affected children, caring for new born orphans, and children who need a safe place. They run a home for children affected and infected with HIV/AIDS. Some of children are brought when they are malnourished, some sick, and others just abandoned on the street. After they are nursed and treated, most children are taken back to their relatives.
UGANDA - Jinja
ToRCH Base has at its heart a desire to work with the poor communities to bring true development and transformation. They feel a particular call to work with women and children and those affected with HIV/AIDS. Likewise they want to see the local church encouraged and equipped to work for community development. They feel strongly to make prayer for the community and for their activities central to everything they do.
TANZANIA - Arusha
Elinoi is an HIV support group run by a YWAM team from the base. They regularly meet together for encouragement and some members have started to do small scale business. The YWAM team also gives training on HIV in the community and churches.
ZIMBABWE - Bulawayo
Fountain of Hope Foundation is an Orphan and Community Empowerment Initiative started by YWAM Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Their goal is to combat the spread and reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS and Poverty on orphans and vulnerable children, families and communities. Amongst other activities they run a centre for orphans and other vulnerable children and have set up community gardens to help vulnerable community members such as widows support their families.
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Webiste: http://loominternational.org/change-is-possible/what-we-are-doing/
RWANDA - Kigali
AIDS PREvention Community Outreach Ministries (APRECOM) provides support to people living with HIV/AIDS and their affected families. They mobilize and train community members and the body of Christ to prevent the spread of HIV. They want to bring awareness of the needs of children who are at risk of contracting HIV. Their vision is to build families through discipleship to give hope to children.
MOZAMBIQUE - Dondo
YWAM trains local community members as health workers and also runs an HIV support group at the local hospital. They work closely with a local church which runs a malnutrition centre in a poor community.
- Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.ywamafrica.org/South_Central/Mozambique/Dondo/health.html