AIDS, Orphans and Street Children
Worldwide, there are an estimated 16 million AIDS Orphans. Of that number, 11.6 million live in sub-saharan Africa (that’s over 77%). The vision and goal of AOSC is to provide for children whose parents have died of the HIV/AIDS virus, and children or widows who do not have a sustaining family.
In 1992 Robert M. Bland, President of Teen Missions Int’l. (TMI) asked the TMI board for seed money to start Orphanages to rescue as many children as possible. The TMI board not only gave start-up funds but also full use of all their video Studio, printing, and graphics equipment. AIDS Orphans was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1993. In 1997 AIDS Orphans and Street Children began with a traditional orphanage. By 2001 we discovered a new concept in taking the “orphanage to the orphan” and that has allowed us a more practical way to help thousands.
The Rescue Units are small portable buildings set up near the orphans’ own villages. We can help several hundred orphans in a three to five mile radius of a Unit which we couldn’t possibly do with a resident orphanage. Through these Units, we are meeting the needs of children who once had no one to care for them. We assist the children by providing them with:
1. Medical treatment and the provision of malaria and other common preventative medications.
2. Food during nutrition seminars and teaching them how to plant gardens and care for animals to prevent starvation.
3. Educational opportunities by providing school fees and uniforms for primary education.
4. Camps for spiritual and social development.
We are also making a difference by enhancing village life through the donations of nutrition seminars, wells and grinding mills.
AIDS Orphans and Street Children opened its first Orphans Rescue Unit in November of 2001. This new concept in taking the “orphanage to the orphan” has been very successful and is literally saving lives. Through these Units we are meeting needs of children who once had no one to care for them. We are also making a difference by enhancing village life through the donations of nutrition seminars, wells and grinding mills.
As we are driven by the compassion of Christ, we have been seeing more ways that we can improve the standard of living for these people by providing more service opportunities. Each project enables us to have additional outreach with not only the orphans, but also their entire villages. We do not want to just meet their physical needs, but want to meet their spiritual needs as well by introducing them to the Lord Jesus Christ.
As you review this project list we ask that you prayerfully consider how you can help meet one or more of these needs that will literally change someone’s life
“But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him.” – I John 3:17 (NKJV)