HOPE for AIDS

RSS

HOPE for AIDS is a SIM-wide ministry with projects in 12 countries across Africa, including Malawi, and in India and Thailand. The HOPE in its title stands for Home-Based Care, Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Care, Prevention and Enabling.

In the Home-Based Care strand of its work, HOPE for AIDS is established in six locations where it trains volunteers linked to the AEC who, in turn, carry out the home visits to HIV/AIDS sufferers to offer both care and prayer.

Similarly, with OVC, HOPE for AIDS has five locations in which it currently works. Again, thanks to the training of volunteers, visits are carried out to support the needs of vulnerable children. Also, day-care centres for pre-primary-school-aged children are established, and scholarships for secondary-school students are provided. The children may have one surviving parent or guardian, but a significant number have no parents.

Providing a nutritious breakfast as part of the OVC work in Nathenje near Lilongwe

The HOPE for AIDS Prevention programme is developed through the AEC and works in the two key areas of 'Peer Education for Youth' and 'Peer Education for Married Couples'. Again, volunteers from AEC congregations are trained by HOPE for AIDS to deliver this peer-based training. Two youth two or three couples from a congregation, are trained to deliver one or both programmes through their church.

Finally, Enabling is delivered through church-leadership training within the AEC and through the training of pastors at EBCoM. Each student has to take a compulsory HIV/AIDS module in their training, and HOPE for AIDS helps in the delivery of this element of the course.