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Faye Zealand and Terry Zealand, co-founders of the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children (ARFC) talk about their work in Newark and what has changed in the 25 years they've been working with homeless children with AIDS.
Thank U Mr. & Ms. Zealand Im one of the people that are living in one of your home thanks to u Im living well and have affordable housing so I can work full time and not have to lose my mind about money to pay for med's or care for my family. The ways your program help back rent back light bill if you do run out of money some times. Food if you need it and some one to talk to all the time I can just call one of you case managers and they would lisen thank- you.
I'm on the board of Ubuntu Africa, which provides lifesaving healthcare and support services to HIV positive children and teens in Khayelitsha, South Africa. People like the Zealands and Whitney Johnson of Ubuntu are proving that, with the right support, HIV positive kids can achieve the health and happiness they deserve. They are to be commended for the work they're doing and the lives they're saving.
This report brought tears to my eyes. When I was in HS I belonged to a group called the REAL Group in a Bronx HS (over 10 years ago now). Kids who lost their parents to AIDS. It turned into a group for anyone who lost a parent. We all shared all the issues that we went through living without our parents. Birthdays, and holidays, getting good grades on a report card...or bad ones. We stuck together. THese groups are great for kids
I used to work for Terry and Faye about 15 yrs back when I started a teen program for their teen orphans of aids. called Teens Etc. Can you tell them that some of those teens, who are now almost 30, recently found me on facebook and are still doing really great!
Lots of love to you guys! Your crazy little Indian;)
Should I wish everyone a Happy AIDS Day!! Is that where we're at? I'm sick of these and frankly I want to live in times where there will no longer be World AIDS Days. As a person who lost all of his friends to AIDS I'm frankly sick of ribbons and quilts and such. Let's put the our efforts into cure. I'm tired of the pharma cos selling us "living with AIDS" drugs. Yes folks, you too can now LIVE with AIDS!! Ain't that cool? You have AIDS and you can live with it. WE DON'T WANNA LIVE WITH IT! WE DON'T WANT IT IN US!! Tomorrow will be another day.
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