On World AIDS Day we show support to and solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. AIDS has killed more than 36 million people and still claims an estimated 2 million lives each year, of which about 270,000 are children. A staggering figure. Even though we understand a lot more about the condition nowadays, a lot of people are still diagnosed with HIV each year. World AIDS Day is of such big importance because it reminds us that HIV has not gone away and that we still need to keep on raising money and awareness, as well as fight prejudice and improve education. On crowdRipple we’ve gathered ten projects that need our special attention on World AIDS Day and any other day of the year.
1. HIV Prevention for Orphans in Uganda
This project takes place in the Nebbi district in Uganda, a country in which 1.6 million people live with HIV/AIDS. A lot of them are still children, the majority of them infected via mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. These children are often left behind as orphans and are part of an extremely vulnerable group. The organization running the project, the Agency for Accelerated Regional Development (AFARD), wants to ensure that these orphaned children are informed about HIV/AIDS and stay healthy. Through this project they want to help provide health education and support services along with poverty reduction activities. Find out more about this important project or make a direct donation, follow this link.
2. Red Dress Party Orlando: Raising HIV Awareness
This non-profit event has been organized in different cities all around the US to spread nationwide awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention and care. With this campaign they want to bring this Red Dress Party to Florida. For that, they need our help! Around 130,000 individuals are living with HIV/AIDS in Florida at the moment, and around 20% of them are unaware of their diagnosis. Through this event the local organizations working hard everyday to educate, treat and prevent HIV/AIDS can be supported and more awareness can be raised. To find out more about this special event, follow this link.
3. Extending the Lighthouse HIV Clinic in Malawi
The Lighthouse is a HIV Clinic in Malawi, one of the poorest countries of the world. They are one of the best institutions in the country raising awareness, treating HIV, and reaching out to even remote places in rural Malawi by sending medical personnel on motorbikes or in cars to local communities. Nowadays, more than 25,000 people come to the Lighthouse for medical assistance every year. Thanks to the Lighthouse, a lot more people in Malawi can now live with HIV and receive life-saving antiretroviral therapy. To make sure this institution can keep on fulfilling its mission, they need to extend and create more clinic space. Almost half of the necessary funds are already available, but they need $20,000 more! Help the Lighthouse so they can keep on providing their services and help people all over Malawi. You can find out more or support this project here.
4. Mutete HIV-AIDS Foundation: AIDS ends with us!
The Mutete HIV/AIDS foundation is a charity organization dedicated to addressing the social and economic needs of low-income HIV/AIDS impacted families. Through this crowdfunding campaign they are raising money so they can build an HIV education center, counseling offices and a food bank in Rwanda. In order to realize this important project, they need $50,000. The Mutete foundation wants to focus especially on orphans with HIV, who might be the most vulnerable group in Rwanda, a country with one of the highest rates of orphan hood in all of Africa. These orphans often face stigma from their community and other children don’t want to play with them. The Mutete Foundation wants to help them by preparing them for situations that will put them at risk as they grow older, by helping to reduce stigma and discrimination, by reducing malnutrition and by improving their psychological well-being. Find out more about this project here.
5. HIV Smart
This project wants to fight HIV stigma and raise more awareness with a photo campaign. HIV Smart is a newly formed non-profit organization with an ambitious, important goal: all people deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion. With their photo campaign they want to highlight how you can’t tell if someone is HIV-positive or negative just by looking at them. To start they want to create multiple photo events in the top 5 states with the current highest transmission rates (California, NY, Georgia, Florida and Texas). All donations will be used to provide HIV testing and counseling at the photo events and to give information and advice. Find out more about this project here.
6. Construction of Children’s HIV Clinic in Uganda
This project is run by the Health Initiatives Association (HIA), an organization that operates mostly in Central Uganda. Their mission is to make sure HIV infected children, adolescents and other vulnerable and marginalized groups have a brighter future. With this crowdfunding campaign they are raising funds to build a new children’s HIV/AIDS clinic in Uganda. The existing center is already well known for its specialized HIV care, which is provided completely for free. But the HIA faces several issues and in 2016 part of their building will be destroyed. They need their own piece of land near to the current clinic so they can construct a suitable children’s clinic with a playground, nutrition garden and a farming program. For just $20,000 USD this project can be realized! Keep on reading here and find out the ways you can support.
7. HIV Medicine
Malik is a 22 year-old man from Pennsylvania. He is HIV-positive. He used to be enrolled in a program that helped him obtain his medicines at no cost for 6 months. Unfortunately the program ended and now he doesn’t have money to pay for the medicine he desperately needs. With his crowdfunding campaign he hopes to get enough money to pay for his treatment. Help Malik by supporting him directly or by sharing his story on social media. You can find more information about him and his campaign here.
8. Camp Corazones: summer camp for HIV affected kids
This annual camp in Santa Fe gives HIV affected kids the opportunity to get away from their family’s daily struggles and the stigma often still associated with HIV/AIDS. At Camp Corazones they don’t have to worry and can focus solely on fun stuff, like rock climbing, science experiments and painting. The majority of these children come from poor families, who often don’t have the money to pay for the travel costs to the camp. This campaign should make it possible for these kids to still attend Camp Corazones by giving away a few scholarships to the poorest kids and families. If you want to read more about this program or support directly, follow this link.
9. Increase HIV testing and education!
This campaign is created by the Sacramento Peers on Prevention (SacPOP), a youth driven organization that encourages youth to get tested and treated for HIV. At SacPOP they believe in empowering teens and adolescents so they can encourage their peers to get tested and treated. Youth Peer Educators will be well-trained and educated about HIV prevention and SacPOP will make sure they target youth that are similar to them in terms of age, background, sexual orientation or interests. This special progam needs to allow the youth to become more aware of issues that they may not know are a problem and empower themselves and their peers. More information on this project can be found here.
10. Help 1,000 of the poorest LGBTI with HIV in Panama
This crowdfunding campaign is set up by Union de la Diversidad (“Diversity Union”), an initiative in Panama of LGBTI and HIV-positives to empower and promote the rights of this vulnerable group. Through this campaign they want to conduct research to find out what reasons people have to stop with their treatment and bring sustainable improvements to the public healthcare system. They want to work together with community members and implement suggested changes with them. Another goal is to monitor the high-risk group of 1,000 people and inform them better about the importance of taking their HIV-medicine. This all should lead to an improved HIV-program and an increase of capacity. Want to help them reach this goal? Follow this link for more information.
Show your support and solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV through helping one of these crowdfunding projects by donating or sharing. Or read our blog about brands that support this cause all year round. Lets remember we still need to raise awareness for this disease and that, even though less people are diagnosed with HIV nowadays, it still needs our ongoing attention.
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