We are here to tell the world that the end of AIDS is not a given. That this fight is not over.
We are here for children living with HIV – 75% of whom are STILL not receiving the life-saving treatment they need.
We are here for the adolescents and young people living with HIV, who survived childhood only to find themselves vulnerable and overlooked.
We are here for mothers with HIV, to make them strong,
to give them the means to provide for their children.
We are here to eradicate stigma, the corrosive engine of HIV that too often keeps people from getting and staying on treatment.
We are on the ground in Africa and India, doing the tough work where the needs are greatest, directly impacting the lives of the people we serve.
We are here. Continuing the struggle, determined to make sure this historic opportunity is not missed, raising our voice to reignite the activism that led to so much progress over the past decade.
We are here, and we are committed to realizing the end of AIDS
Commit to a child living with HIV. Join us.
Whether you are a seasoned marathoner or a new runner looking to take on a challenge for something larger than yourselves, now is the perfect opportunity! Our very own Avanti Peters, KCA Administrative Coordinator, will be running and would love for you to join him.
Avanti Peters at the 2009 Hyannis Marathon
How does it work?
The cost to register for our 2015 ASICS LA Marathon charity team is $100, discounted from $160. All official Team KCA runners will be required to fundraise a minimum of $1,000. The amount you raise will go directly toward providing treatment, nutritious food, and loving care to children and families affected by HIV.
In return, Keep a Child Alive will provide you with the following:
I am currently training for my third marathon, the NYC Marathon, which will be on November 2, 2014. Training for and running a marathon is such a magical and spiritual experience. It is that much more rewarding knowing that you are helping someone else in the process. By raising $1,000, you will be able to provide three children affected by HIV with comprehensive care for one year. Raise more and you’ll make an even greater impact!
Monica Merlis at the 2012 NYC Marathon Expo.
We hope you will consider joining our team! Avanti and I will be with you along the way, supporting you in both your training and fundraising. He’ll even be running the marathon along with you. If you have any questions or want to join our team, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-762-8200 x1016.
P.S. – Stay tuned for Avanti’s blog updates on his marathon training!]]>
What does this mean for you? You can now get an amazing haircut from a world-renowned stylist for the price of a donation to Keep a Child Alive!
Lorraine is NYC-based, but will be offering her services around the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information and to schedule an appointment (our straight-haired and wavy friends are welcome, too!), you can contact Lorraine directly at Lmnamastea@gmail.com.
I’m in Durban, South Africa, now to see two more programs funded by Keep a Child Alive. And today I visited the Blue Roof Wellness Center. This facility is very special to the charity. Leigh Blake had the vision for a comprehensive, holistic care and treatment clinic addressing the AIDS epidemic here. And Alicia Keys was so moved by the need that she personally funded it. That was really the start of it all!
A brilliant blue sign stands out against brick walls and razor wire. And then you enter and see the bright colors and natural light in the atrium courtyard, and you immediately sense that this is a place of hope, compassion and dignity.
Rhona and Tessa work in offices that say ‘management’ on the door. But, in truth, these two ‘aunties’ are the heart of Blue Roof. They oversee care and treatment for 2,000 clients who are on antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), and another 1,500 on top of that. There is great need in the immediate Wentworth Township neighborhood, but people come from miles away to benefit from this model clinic, and avoid the stigma of being treated closer to home. And the Blue Roof staff goes out into the community, too, providing educational sessions at local schools, and onsite testing for workers in factories.
In addition to Tessa and Rhona, there are other angels here. Doreen in the pharmacy focuses on drug delivery and treatment compliance. And Veronica and Nellie provide all-important nutrition. They serve up to 90 better-than-mum-made meals a day to Blue Roof clients. They’re hot and delicious; I can tell you that for sure, because I was treated to a very tasty lunch of mac and cheese, curry chicken, beets and rice.
The most moving part of these visits is hearing the stories of clients who ‘put a face’ on the work. In this case that ‘face’ was Gerard, who told me all about it. He was very sick and in a mode of self destruction before Blue Roof. Today the medication is working; he has tremendous energy and enthusiasm for life, and he is so very thankful. He now works at Blue Roof, and he is a true inspiration and role model. He’s taken-up running, and in two weeks he will participate in the 90 kilometer (56-mile) ‘Comrades’ Ultra Marathon here. GO GERARD, you’re an angel, too!
By: Glenn Bozarth, KCA Board Member. Original article.]]>
The primary mission at Bobbi Bear is to aid vulnerable children, and particularly to address rape and sexual abuse, and the HIV infection that can result. The bear is used as a statement or evidence in court after the child, working with a counselor, marks it up to show what was done to them. That bear remains with the court, and another goes home with the child as a protector and friend. This is tough stuff, but what a brilliant and sensitive solution to a devastatingly difficult situation!
In addition to the bears, the program’s success is also based on relationships with the police, as well as prosecutors, educators and clergy. And once there is a report, there is urgency, based on the need to get exposed children on medication within 72 hours.
The Bobbi Bear location is 20 miles south of Durban, primarily serving people of Zulu origin who live in rural settlements. The work is done by a compassionate and loving team that is available 24/7, with several vehicles necessary, as very few of the cases come to them. And dealing with a reported incident is just the beginning. In the end, many of these children are orphans requiring placement. In addition to care at the Bobbi Bear facility, staff members are known to have numerous children in their homes at any given time. That’s what I mean by love and compassion!
I was there on a Saturday, so I witnessed ‘The Tree’, a weekly gathering in a field, with a magnificent tree as the ‘magnet’ that draws children on foot, or by any other available transport. It’s support group Bobbi Bear style, and there’s playing, talking and distribution of sandwiches and juice. This is the highlight of the week for many of the children, and probably the best meal some of them receive. Many serious things are worked out in that setting. But it felt to me like a party, celebrating fresh starts and new lives.
I’ve seen so much need during my three weeks in Africa, but I’ve also seen caring people making a huge difference. I haven’t kept up with the daily news, and I think that’s probably a good thing. After the Habitat build and my visits to three KCA programs I definitely return home feeling better about the world…
By: Glenn Bozarth, KCA Board Member. Original article.]]>
Dare Me For Charity is a new reality TV show airing this fall. They’ve created a fun opportunity for people to come together in support of the causes they believe in. All you have to do is… jump!
Keep a Child Alive is pulling together a team for their NYC stop on Sunday, August 3 in Central Park. Your challenge will be to jump and you’ve got 3 chances! Don’t worry, it’s safe! The ‘Dare Me’ crew will have an airbag, platform lift, and full event staff to make sure you jump without a hitch. The platform can go up to 40 feet (the equivalent of about 4 stories). The more total footage the Keep a Child Alive team jumps, the more chances we have to win money for our cause!
While you’re waiting for your turn to jump, the ‘Dare Me’ crew will be selecting random people (it helps if you’re wearing something that makes you stand out!) to participate in their “On-The-Spot” challenges, allowing teams to win additional cash prizes. It’s fun, silly stuff like wearing a chicken suit or dancing in public.
So, are you ready for the challenge? To join Keep a Child Alive’s team, click here. An event ticket is $15 and includes 3 jumps. Have friends and family that want to give but are too afraid? They can sponsor you as a jumper, so you can do 6, 9… or as many jumps as you want!
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But I stopped first in Johannesburg South Africa, in part to meet one amazing woman. They call her ‘Mum Carol’, and she’s ‘mum’ to about 850 children. She founded a charity called Ikageng Itireleng, and the mission is to provide support to orphans and vulnerable children, many of them living with or affected by HIV and AIDS. The organization is funded by Keep a Child Alive (keepachildalive.org), where I serve on the board of directors.
It’s not an orphanage, as such, although Mum Carol does currently have four orphans living with her. Ikageng supports children in individual homes. In many cases they are child-headed households, where brothers and sisters take care of their younger siblings. We visited some, and they were inspirational! It’s all done through a network involving social workers and caregivers who make house calls. There is support group activity, oversight for education and health care, and the distribution of monthly food parcels. I saw firsthand what a difference Mum Carol and her team are making. And it clearly involves a lot of love.
I move on to Malawi tomorrow. If the Wi-Fi gods are willing, I’ll have more for you soon …
By: Glenn Bozarth, KCA Board Member. Original article.]]>
It was a beautiful, sunny day in New York this past Sunday at AIDS Walk NY! Keep a Child Alive’s mighty team raised over $73,000 and was the second highest ranked fundraising team! 75% of the funds raised will help KCA provide 155 children with a full year’s worth of HIV treatment, nutritious food, counseling, school supplies, and loving care. The remaining 25% will go to support the local efforts of GMHC. The amount of smiles you’re helping to create is exponential!
A special thank you to Jackie Nichols and Ian Jopson for their relentless commitment to KCA and consistently ranking in the top 6 fundraisers of the entire walk!
To our whole team, you have our heartfelt thanks! You make fundraising look like a walk in the park!
That’s exactly what we’re trying to do in Uganda with the Tweyambe and Bulamo Kwefako women support groups at Alive Medical Services (AMS). We’re hoping to break ground on two sustainable community farms that will provide them with access to vegetables and income, as well as training in basic accounting and savings. They will also be equipped with nutritional education to share with the community, including recommendations for people living with HIV and use of “food as medicine.”
In order to achieve this, we need your help. We’re hoping to get this project funded ASAP so we can take advantage of the harvest season starting this July. We’ll be working with Development in Gardening (DIG) and we are ready to go. With your support, this can be a reality in just a few weeks! Please consider donating to this project and help spread the word with your family and friends. Thank you so much!
On Sunday, May 4th, Keep a Child Alive’s team of 16 passionate riders came together to bike 40 miles throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City. It was a special moment to celebrate the $14,850+ that we have cumulatively raised to benefit KCA. That is the equivalent of 41 children receiving a full year’s worth of HIV treatment, nutritious food, counseling, school supplies, and loving care.
I just have to give a HUGE THANK YOU to our incredible team. I was a bit nervous we wouldn’t be able to fill our team or reach our fundraising goal. In actuality, it was quite the opposite! We needed to obtain more spots for all the interest and we even had someone more than double their fundraising goal in their first 24 hours on our team!
THANK YOU to Alan, Andrew, Beverly, Brigid, Can, Christine, Courtney, Douglas, Fayez, Georgina, Jorge, Marie, Max, Michelle, and Tatiana. It was such an honor to ride with you all!
On a personal level, I am so proud to say my biking fear is now a thing of the past! I have fallen in love with commuting over the bridge to our Manhattan office (it totally beats the subway at rush hour!) and now look forward to long rides on the weekend.
Can’t wait to see you on our team next year!