Project Hopeful, helping AIDS Orphans
I see these necklaces and I think of Pepe, a 12 year old AIDS Orphan in Swaziland Africa. She is the size of a 5 yr old because of her illness. There have been many times where she was near death due to lack of medication because her surviving relative would delay giving the permission needed to give Pepe AIDS medication. See, the stigma of just the word "AIDS" being attached to a person is still very real in Swaziland and many countries.
BUT Pepe is now getting the care she needs thanks to organizations helping AIDS orphans around the world. Children's Hope Chest, Children's Cup, and groups like This one, Project Hopeful, all of them are working in one way or another to help AIDS Orphans.
Project Hopeful's role in AIDS Orphan care is to help these kids find families, get adopted. Yes, adopted. It is doable, it needs to be done and the mission of Project HOPEFUL is to encourage, educate, and enable parents adopting children with HIV/AIDS.
Click and order a necklace or a shirt to help raise awareness and also fund this great organization so they can further help AIDS Orphans to be Orphans no more..
In regards to adoption, children with HIV are being placed from Vietnam, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Brazil as well as several other countries. Chances By Choice, an organization that advocates and educates with the goal of finding adoptive families for children with HIV, has available children listed on their website in Vietnam, Ethiopia, Liberia, Haiti and Russia. There are some children born HIV positive in the United States that are available for adoption as well, but with the medications available to HIV+ pregnant women resulting in a remotely small chance of the disease being passed on to their babies, there are relatively small numbers of HIV+ children now being born in the U.S.The adoption process typically goes the same as any other adoption from the country the child is in, however if it is an international adoption, there is an extra step, the HIV waiver, during the immigration process, which adds time and paperwork to the process.
--What you should know about HIV--
-HIV can NOT be spread through casual/household contact. HIV is not spread through hugging, kissing, shaking hands, sharing toys, sneezing, coughing, sharing food, sharing drinks, bathing, swimming or any other casual way. It has been proven that HIV and AIDS can only be spread through sexual contact, birth, breastfeeding and blood to blood contact (such as sharing needles).
- HIV is now considered a chronic but manageable disease. With treatment, people who are HIV+ can live indefinitely without developing AIDS and can live long and full lives.
- People who are HIV+ deserve to be treated with love, respect, support and acceptance as all people do.
If anyone wants more info on transmission, there is great info on the Center for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/transmission.htm
Follow Project Hopeful on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/projecthopeful
Visit the Project hopeful web site, projecthopeful.org and watch the video of the Twietmeyer's own AIDS Orphan adoption story.
We all have a role to play in Orphan care..what is your role? Is it to sponsor a child? Mentor a fatherless teen? Fund an orphanage? Help and unwed mother? Rescue a child prostitute? Adopt or help someone with the finances to adopt?
Please ask God today what He would have you do...to help Orphans be Orphans no more.