The 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.
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.
We strongly believe that the long term solution to the HIV/AIDS crisis is an untapped resource that has always existed within the local 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, about 170 caregivers have been tested for HIV.
To sum, our solution is strengthen the community by empowering women so that they can take better care of their children and families. Read more