One of the most essential components for children in the HIV treatment program is FOOD.
The AIDS epidemic began over 25 years ago, and the disease continues to prey upon millions of children around the world. This drives poor people even deeper into poverty, depriving families of the young adults who are their most productive members.
This disease affects non-infected children as well. Hundreds of thousands children are orphaned after losing one or both parents to AIDS and grow up in communities overwhelmed by the disease. These hungry & desperate children become very detached and withdrawn with low self-esteem and low self-confidence.
One of the things that really give us hope here at the Institute for Global Outreach (IGO) is when we see children first in their worst conditions and then see them after sponsorship. This is evidence that our work and efforts are making a difference. For most of these children, the progress is rapid, which is reassurance that all that we contribute is utilized to the fullest.
For example, this little boy and his sister became a part of IGO's sponsorship program in November of 2013. Their father died from AIDS, their mother is ill due to complications from the AIDS disease and both of the children are HIV positive. Upon seeing this baby boy for the first time, it was clear that he was starving, extremely malnourished and living under very impoverished conditions, I felt that if immediate action wasn't taken, this precious little boy may not have survived. He was 15 months old, yet the size of a very frail 6 month old. He had scabs and little sores all over his head and his color was extremely pale. He was very weak, scared and could barely muster up the sound of a faint baby's cry.
Immediately following our visit to Africa this past November, we began sponsorship for this baby and his sister. Since the utmost concern was his survival, he was taken to the local clinic for emergency nourishment.
In less than 2 months, this little boy could stand and make a few steps, his natural color was returning and his hair was growing rapidly. Even the disposition of his big sister was apparent and uplifting. The dramatic change in this little boy is why we must continue our life saving work. The cute yet serious expression on his face says, It's Working!
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His sister was also extremely malnourished, withdrawn and afraid.
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