Community Development

 The HIV/AIDS pandemic continues to rage throughout Africa, taking the lives of thousands of precious children and adults every year. HOPE worldwide Africa’s community development programs focus on meeting the physical and emotional needs of orphans and other vulnerable children impacted by this disease and offering critical support services to communities.

The Problem

  • Approximately 25 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are living with HIV, accounting for 70% of the global HIV-positive population (UNAIDS, 2014)
  • It is estimated that 17.8 million children under 18 have been orphaned by AIDS, 85% of which are living in sub-Saharan Africa(UNICEF, 2013)
  • Since the HIV epidemic began in sub-Saharan Africa, 14.8 million children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, 2010)
  • Families and communities are crippled when grandparents or children are left to lead households after the death of one or both parents due to HIV/AIDS
  • Approximately 122,000 South African children now live in child-headed households (Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, 2009)

What We’re Doing

  • The HOPE worldwide Africa team is providing training, capacity building, program development, donor and partner development, grant management and monitoring and evaluation services to desperately poor communities
  • Community HIV/AIDS programs have been established in Kenya, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Over the past 10 years, HOPE worldwide’s OVC programs have assisted more than 150,000 needy children
  • Our Women’s Economic Empowerment program has trained 743 women in business and vocational skills
  • Since 2010, HOPE worldwide has cared for more than 20,000 orphans in the Ivory Coast and developed an important curriculum of HIV prevention activities for the local youth
  • The AIDS Clinic in Abidjan has treated over 22,000 patients since opening in 1990

For more information on HOPE worldwide Africa’s programs, please visit www.hopewwafrica.org.