Even as you read these words, HIV/AIDS is infecting, affecting and mercilessly claiming the lives of thousands of people on the African continent. Across these lands a nightmare has become reality for millions.
AIDS is a silent killer, swallowing families, communities and hope, destroying millions of lives while ravaging through Africa. Every year almost 2 million Africans are infected with HIV and sadly most of them are young people. Over 22 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa is living with HIV/AIDS. So far more than 17 million have died; at least 25 million may follow.
Another tragic consequence of AIDS is the millions of innocent children orphaned on a daily basis. Nearly 13 million children n Africa are orphans because of AIDS. These children silently grieve for the loss of their parents … no-one who listens, no-one to comfort them and no-one to help them face the new harsh life that awaits them. They face poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy and have little hope for the future.
Most of them are cared for by elderly grandmothers or older sisters and brothers. Many more are left to fend for themselves, living on the streets, surviving amongst the garbage. What will prevent this tragedy from spilling into more homes?
NCM-Africa is committed to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic across the African continent through our AIDS Ministries. We respond to this tragedy by:
- Training and encouraging community leaders and pastors to work together in advocating and breaking the cycle of stigma and rejection, by showing love and compassion to the thousands of people infected by HIV/AIDS.
- Reaching out and supporting the infected and affected victims, by advocating and breaking the cycle of stigma and rejection which they are currently facing.
- Promoting Prevention through abstinence before and fidelity after marriage.
- Provide economical support by providing resources to implement educational and productive programs, as well as training to thousands in an effort to empower those in need and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
- Providing food security for thousands of AIDS orphans and their caretakers through developing agricultural programs.
- Providing education by opening community schools and educating thousands of AIDS orphans.
- Provide training to thousands in an effort to prevent the spread of HIV AIDS.
- Providing a proper education for at least 100 000 AIDS Orphans
- Providing Food Security for at least 250 000 children and caregivers
- Providing training for at least 15 000 caregivers, as well as vocational training for thousands of AIDS orphans.