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withdrawn with low self-esteem and low self-confidence.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
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!