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Orphan Care Centers

Millions of children throughout Africa have lost either one or both parents to the AIDS pandemic.  Most are homeless.  In order to survive, they often join street gangs and turn to a life of crime.  Many are HIV-positive themselves, and the majority of them suffer from tuberculosis because of the damp and unsanitary conditions in which they live.

AYAF partners with local organizations to create orphan care centers where homeless children have access to nutritious meals and donated clothing.  The centers are designed to serve as HIV testing centers, and provide daycare services at which children can attend classes on reading, mathematics, and other basic educational skills.  They work to keep orphaned children off the streets and away from Africa’s ubiquitous gangs, while simultaneously providing services meant to assure that children receive the opportunity to develop their academic and social skills in a nurturing environment. 

AYAF’s first orphan care center will be based in Cape Town, South Africa, and will be operated in cooperation with Youth Solutions Africa, a local non-profit organization.  After gathering data and assessing the strengths and weaknesses of our initial program in Cape Town, AYAF will design an archetypal approach which can be implemented throughout Africa by local governments, non-profit organizations, and other groups.

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