Fund: Healthy Beginnings

Testing and treatment provide children living with HIV a healthy life, but family, school, and community are critical to success.


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Fund: Healthy Beginnings is a Success

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We closed Fund: Healthy Beginnings today with great success! Thanks to all of you, we beat our goal of $15,000 to support children living with HIV in Zambia. Fund: Healthy Beginnings opened on September 17th and closed November 6, 2014 with $17,420! We’re now preparing the paperwork to send the funds to our two participating partners, Matero Care Center and Bwafano Integrated Services Organization in Zambia. These two partners will use the funds to provide children living with HIV the healthcare, education, and community [...]

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Pediatric AIDS: 5 Things to Know

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Pediatric AIDS is preventable, but it requires testing, treatment and support for pregnant women. That can be difficult when your closest treatment and testing facility is miles away. It means you may be unable to cultivate your farm or look after your children. One of the most prominent fears that prevents people from being tested the fear of stigma. Here are 5 things you need to know about pediatric AIDS: A woman talks with a counselor at [...]

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Children Living with HIV

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There are 3.4 million children living with HIV around the world and nearly 90 percent live in sub-Saharan Africa (UNAIDS, 2010). 390,000 new infections occur on average every year, while almost 30 children perish from pediatric AIDS-related illnesses every hour. Those are staggering statistics that communities face everyday. They are faced with the responsibility of making steady improvements to the quality of care children receive, while attempting to decrease the stigma that affected children face. Women and [...]

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Our Champion for Fund: Healthy Beginnings

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Melanie & her father, who will travel with her to Zambia next year. Fund: Healthy Beginnings is now open and Melanie Gross is the Fund Champion who’s raising the roof for children living with HIV in Zambia. Here’s why Melanie chose Fund: Healthy Beginnings and why it’s important to her. “Firelight provided me the opportunity to give back in a way that was impactful and personally meaningful in a community that is near and dear to me.” Why did you [...]

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Fund: Healthy Beginnings is Now Open

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When we talk about HIV and AIDS, the conversation is often about testing and treatment. That’s important, but it’s not the whole story. Testing and treatment provide children a healthy life, but family, school, and community are critical to success. We just launched Fund: Healthy Beginnings to raise $15,000 to support children living with HIV in Zambia. Here’s a glimpse of what this Fund will do… Support parents accessing treatment to prevent transmission of HIV Train caregivers to manage pediatric HIV and AIDS at home Provide children [...]

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