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

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 .

Results of the Follow-Up Study for Nets Distributed in September 2013

Power of Love Foundation’s, Project Mosquito Nets program provides long lasting insecticide treated bed nets and education on prevention of malaria to women and children in Zambia. At the last distribution in September 2013, 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets were distributed to 920 families.

Early Results of the Follow-Up Study on Mosquito Bed Nets Provided in September 2013

Our Project Mosquito Nets program provides long lasting insecticide treated bed nets to women and children vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. As you know we were able to provide 1000 long lasting nets to families vulnerable to malaria last September. In order to assess the impact of nets usage and to learn if the nets were being used as demonstrated during distribution activities, we interviewed a few families last week.

Meet Two Children who are Working Hard At School to Realize their Dreams of Joining the Medical Profession

Power of Love's pediatric HIV/AIDS care program continues to improve the lives of several hundred children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. The vision behind this program is to strengthen women and grandmothers, so that they can take care of their children and sick family members at home. We do this by providing food, medicines, and a package of life saving health care services to HIV positive children, and training in caring for an HIV+ child to their caregivers.

Stories of Two Women in Our Loans Program Who Have Inspired Us

 You will be happy to know that we now have 230 women enrolled in our micro loans program 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.

From the Field: An Update on our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program in Zambia

Power of Love's pediatric HIV/AIDS care program continues to improve the lives of several hundred children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and malaria in Zambia. The vision behind this program is to strengthen women and grandmothers, so that they can take care of their children and sick family members at home. We do this by providing food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services to HIV positive children, and training in caring for an HIV positive child to their caregivers.

New Loans Provided to Eighty Women Entrepreneurs in Zambia

As a result of the generosity of donors, we were able to provide new loans to 80 women entrepreneurs last month. These women completed business training in early September and each one started a new business. The businesses are quite diverse: about half sell grocery items, including cooking oil, rice, sugar, eggs, fruits, vegetables, beans, and the Zambian staple dish of mealie meal. Other businesses sell dressed chicken and dried fish, as well as a variety of non-food items like charcoal, baby blankets, clothes, shoes, and books.

Next Distribution of Nets in Zambia in September 2013

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” for supporting this program. With your support, we were able to provide 1000 insecticide treated nets to women, children, and other vulnerable sections of the community in 2012. For a detailed report of the distribution activities click here.

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