Looking back to move forward
By: Alicia Keys | November 1st, 2017
Keep a Child Alive (KCA) has been not only my passion but my mission for the past 14 years and I am truly inspired by all that we have accomplished. It has assisted me in growing in ways I never thought I could, simply (and not so simply), by realizing all the little ways that you and I can actually step by step change situations we want to see change!
The power in that is monumental and not to be underestimated, especially now more than ever!
This year, has been a time of transition – and new beginnings, for both the world as well as us here at KCA. We’ve seen so many catastrophic events take place, threats against human rights, needless violence, and more – reinforcing the need for us all to come together and do more to help one another.
Amidst the difficulties, our programs and the people we serve remain our primary focus, and we continue to make real strides in the fight against AIDS. Here’s a look back at some of the amazing things we achieved this year.
- We increased the number of people we serve from 70,000 to over 89,000 people annually.
- Our partner Operation Bobbi Bear’s work on behalf of sexually abused children will be recognized by World of Children, an organization that improves the lives of vulnerable children by funding and elevating the most effective change-makers for children worldwide. Bobbi Bear will join the ranks of 100 World of Children Protection honorees and receive a grant that will allow them to reach more children in need.
- Alive Medical Services (AMS) in Uganda, just celebrated their 10th year! They are one of the only clinics of their kind in Kampala, and have grown to serve over 13,000 people. It has been an honor to have watched and helped them grow, and I can’t wait to see them do even more in the years to come.
- To ensure that we’re learning and growing, we shared KCA program models and accomplishments at the International AIDS Conference presenting on the Bhavishya Vulnerability Index (BVI) that was developed by KCA. The BVI measures the vulnerability to issues such as economic, social, and health of our clients in India.
- We transformed the Blue Roof in Durban with our partner Zoe Life into a best practice center providing services, training and research to radically minimize the impact of HIV for children and adolescents in South Africa and beyond.
KCA Community putting their bodies to the test
- We have 6 amazing people running 26.2 miles for KCA in the NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 5. I did it two years ago and a major part of what kept me going was the children and families we serve, so I am so grateful to this year’s team for going the distance for our mission. Click here to show them some love!
- My amazing friend Josh Zitomer is trying to top his own record AGAIN with a burpee challenge. He’s partnered with Spartan Races to break the 12-hour chest to ground burpee world record all while raising funds for KCA. The event will be livestreamed at midnight on Saturday, November 4, so be sure to support him here.
Special thank you to all of you for being here with us along the way. I am very excited about KCA’s future and am more committed than ever to our mission. In these uncertain times, let’s pour out more LOVE and come together, and blaze forward to provide basic healthcare and HIV treatment to all. We’re encouraging radical acts of love, that is positivity, commitment and real impact that builds bridges not walls between all of us.
Peace and love,