Ethiopian Families Affected by HIV/AIDS Need Food Aid Now

Imagine only being able to feed your child once a day. Imagine having to choose between the expense of sending your child to school or being able to feed her that one meal per day. Even worse, imagine knowing that your little one’s health is already compromised by HIV and that she needs proper nutrition to help fight the effects of the virus.

In fact, this is daily life for many families in the central Ethiopian communities of Adama, Wonji, Ambo and Guder. While food is still available in these areas, skyrocketing prices due to the drought in Ethiopia have meant that basic food supplies have become  out of reach for low-income, at-risk families.

This week, Vulnerable Children Society is launching a Drought Relief Campaign to provide food aid to 50 hard hit families in these four communities in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.

We are asking Canadian families to help us raise $1,900 in order to provide large bags of tef flour, the main ingredient in Ethiopia’s national food staple, for 50 at-risk Ethiopian families.

These families are already identified and on the waiting list to participate in the House 2 House sponsorship program facilitated by Vulnerable Children Society and its Ethiopian partner, Faya Orphanage. Most of the children in the community-based program are HIV+ or have family members who are sick or HIV+ as well. The House 2 House child and family sponsorships take care of their basic necessities, which can include food, access to healthcare, medicine and school supplies.

Unfortunately, the wait-list of families needing sponsorship is as long as the list of families already sponsored through the House 2 House program. The local government’s Women’s Affairs office identifies each child or family for the House 2 House sponsorship program. To be recommended for sponsorship, Women’s Affairs first vets each family and prioritizes those families which are most at-risk.

These 50 children and families wait-listed for the House 2 House program are in desperate need of assistance. While Vulnerable Children Society continues to look for ongoing sponsorship for these unsponsored families, they need our help urgently now.  They are already in real crisis and the current food price emergency in Ethiopia has made their difficult situations nearly impossible.

Please consider partnering with Vulnerable Children Society and Faya Orphanage to help these families affected by HIV/AIDS.

To donate to the Drought Relief Campaign, please click on the “Drought Relief” icon (top left) at www.vulnerablechildren.ca 

To enquire about sponsoring an at-risk child or family, please contact Vulnerable Children Society at info@vulnerablechildren.ca .

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