Advantage Africa

Overcoming poverty and stigma in East Africa

Advantage Africa will help vulnerable people affected by poverty, disability and HIV to improve and sustain their education, health and incomes.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1092719)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£6,000

Amount raised

£12,030

Donations

4

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • Advantage Africa's support has given me hope for a colourful future ... now I want to help bring other needy people back to life.

    — Pauline, a disabled woman in Kenya.

  • The training was ... encouraging, impacting, developmental, important, educational.

    — Project workers comment on Advantage Africa's partners' workshop.

  • I would have died if it wasn't for the HIV support group ... I had no hope but now I'm inspired to live again.

    — Nduku, a woman living with HIV in Kenya.

  • Advantage Africa's support has given me hope for a colourful future ... now I want to help bring other needy people back to life.

    — Pauline, a disabled woman in Kenya.

  • I would have died if it wasn't for the HIV support group ... I had no hope but now I'm inspired to live again.

    — Nduku, a woman living with HIV in Kenya.

  • The training was ... encouraging, impacting, developmental, important, educational.

    — Project workers comment on Advantage Africa's partners' workshop.

Situation

The poorest and most disadvantaged people in Africa are often disabled or affected by HIV & AIDS. For example, less than 10% of disabled children access education or rehabilitation and up to 80% of disabled children die before their fifth birthday. HIV & AIDS still causes families in Africa to suffer to sickness, poverty and lack of opportunity. The majority of affected families struggle access to access services such as antiretrovirals or home-based care needed to improve their lives.

Solution

Advantage Africa will support the ideas and plans of grass roots community groups in Kenya and Uganda so that they can run activities that: (1) reduce the spread and impact of HIV and support orphans and people living with AIDS to access home-based care, ARVs, education and income generating opportunities. (2) challenge stigma and create opportunities for disabled people, including those with albinism, for education, work, rehabilitation, home-based care and protection from skin cancer.