Welcome to Power of Love

power of loveThe AIDS epidemic is the single biggest crisis in human history. It has killed over 25 million people since 1981 and another 35-40 million are expected to die in the next twenty years. Fourteen million children have been orphaned in Africa alone.

Who We Are:

Power of Love Foundation is a secular United States charity focused on developing innovative, cost-effective solutions to address the AIDS epidemic. We work directly with women and children impacted by the AIDS epidemic and create long-term solutions that go beyond handouts.

What We Do:

We strongly believe that the long term solution to the HIV/AIDS crisis is an untapped resource that has always existed within the community - its women. POL empowers women (many of whom are grandmothers caring for several orphaned grandchildren) and makes them self-reliant through a multi-pronged approach: (1) Train women to care for their HIV-infected children and orphans, (2) Provide women with micro-loans and business training to generate income, (3) Provide food, medicines, and a package of life-saving healthcare services to the children in their care, (4) Provide long lasting insecticide nets and education on malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria.

The success of Power of Love's comprehensive approach is evident as our children and their families are living and working far beyond the expected statistics (given that life expectancy at birth for a HIV-positive child is only five years). Over the course of the last two years, all but two of the 200 children have survived, a small victory in the face of AIDS and a direct result of our innovative programs. The success of POL's program with the children has had a tangible impact on the behavior of their primary caregivers as well. As grandmothers, grand-aunts, and mothers in the community have noticed the positive effect that quality care has on their children, these women are initiating action and coming forward for HIV testing. This is critical in preventing the spread of HIV, and to date, more than 300 caregivers have been tested for HIV.

To sum, our solution is  to strengthen the community by empowering women so that they can take better care of their children and families. Read more

Health Education Day 2014 - Provision of 2000 Malaria Bed Nets and Education on Prevention of Malaria

We would like to say a big “Thank You” for supporting Power of Love Foundation’s (POL) Project Mosquito Nets program. With your support, we were able to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets to women and children vulnerable to malaria in Zambia in the summer of 2014.

Business Training and Micro Loans Provided to New Women Entrepreneurs in Zambia

Introduction

In June 2014, 22 new women were identified to be provided with business training and loans to start small businesses. Alka Subramanian and Sandra Loeb from the Power of Love Foundation participated in the loan disbursement activities, held on June 12, 2014. The women who received loans were happy and said that they were looking forward to starting a business with the loan capital and would work hard to make their businesses successful. For most women this was their first business venture.

A Report on the Distribution of Long lasting Insecticide Treated Nets in Zambia in June 2014

Introduction: Power of Love Foundation’s (POL) Project Mosquito Nets program provides long lasting insecticide treated bed nets to women and children vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. We would like to say a big “Thank You” to you for supporting this program. With your support, we were able to provide 1000 insecticide treated nets to women and children vulnerable to malaria in Zambia in June 2014 and will provide an additional 1000 nets and education on malaria in August 2014.

Safe Parks Activities and Their Impact on Children’s Health and Wellbeing

 What is “Safe Parks”?

“Safe Parks” is a program free and open to all children in the community and addresses some of the challenges (mental and physical) faced by children living in the Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia. This program provides the children with an opportunity for safe play, and psycho-social support in an environment which facilitates activities, discussions, and educational lessons. In addition, homework help is provided.

Meet Two Children who are Role Models

With your generous support, we have been able to continue to improve the lives of several hundred children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. At this time, every one of the 200 HIV+ children receives food, medicines and a package of life-saving health care services. The package of health care services includes weekly health check-ups from community health workers, regular visits from the Project Nurse, psycho-social counseling, education in HIV prevention, and adherence monitoring and training for older children.

Impact of Our Micro Loans Program over the last 12 months

Power of Love’s micro loans program now has 240 women enrolled and a majority of them are running successful businesses. The businesses chosen by the women are quite diverse and range from groceries (mealie meal - a Zambian staple, cooking oil, rice, sugar, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and beans), to dressed chicken, dried fish, charcoal, baby blankets, books, restaurant, and a salon etc. Most women (about 50%) have started tiny grocery stores located close to their homes. About 20% of the women sell used clothes and shoes.

One hundred percent Success in our Prevention from Mother to Child Transmission of HIV Program

With your support and encouragement we ended 2013 with a lot to celebrate. Five beautiful babies were born in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program in Zambia! We are truly ecstatic as every one of these babies was born without HIV, despite the HIV-positive status of each of their mothers and siblings. Our success was a direct result of our PMTCT program (Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission) which is a part of our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program in Zambia . We are committed to ensuring that the success of this program continues into 2014 and beyond .

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