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We are dedicated to providing life-saving HIV treatment, care, nutritious food, support services and love to children and families affected by HIV in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India.

  1. You’re in for a meaningful ride!

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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    And so am I!

    On Sunday, May 4th, I’ll be participating with 32,000 other cyclists in the 37th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI. I will be riding in honor of Keep a Child Alive and I’d love for you to join me.

    The TD Five Boro Bike Tour is a scenic 40-mile ride across New York City’s 5 boroughs. For one day, the roads are ours, the bridges are ours, the city is ours. The TD Five Boro Bike Tour always sells out - but I’ve managed to snag one of the limited charity spots on Keep a Child Alive’s team (hey— I guess it doesn’t hurt that I work there)! You can, too!

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    How does it work?

    You raise a minimum of $750 in support of Keep a Child Alive. The amount you raise will go directly toward providing treatment, nutritious food, and loving care to children and families affected by HIV. 

    In return, Keep a Child Alive will provide you with the following:

    • Guaranteed entry to the TD Five Boro Bike Tour
    • Online fundraising page
    • Priority start in the first wave
    • Breakfast and lunch available on the day-of
    • Monthly e-mails with fundraising and biking tips
    • Limited Edition KCA S’well Bottle
    • KCA T-shirt
    • Someone happy to help you through this whole process (me)!

    It’s really an incredible experience and it will feel that much more rewarding knowing that you are helping someone else. By raising $750, you will be able to provide two children affected by HIV with comprehensive care for one year. Raise more and you’ll have an even greater impact!

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    One more thing, I am absolutely terrified of biking! My brother took off my training wheels before I learned how to ride, and in college I fell off a bike in Central Park. Now when I ride, all my fear goes into my clenched hands. But May 4th is my birthday and this is my present to myself— to overcome my fear and to help others in the process. I am not making any excuses this year, and I hope you don’t either.

    I’d love to have you on the Keep a Child Alive team! If not, I invite you to donate to my campaign.

    To get started, you can contact me at monica@keepachildalive.org or call 718-965-1111.

    Thank you so much for your support!

    Much love,
    Monica

  2. THE ART OF LOVE

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    imageThis Valentine’s Day show you care in more ways than one. A signed Limited Edition Mr. Brainwash print is a lasting expression of love, as well as a beautiful reminder of your support for the children and families that Keep a Child Alive serves.

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    Mr. Brainwash created these limited edition prints solely for Keep a Child Alive in the support of raising money and awareness for children and families living with HIV in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and India. Your purchase will make a real difference in ensuring the future of our extended family.

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    Each print: is entitled ‘Keep a Child Alive’. It is signed and numbered by Mr. Brainwash, with a thumbprint on the back. These Limited Edition Mr. Brainwash pieces are screen printed on archival art paper. The dimensions of the piece are 22” x 30”.

     To purchase prints for you or a loved one click the link below. 

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  3. GET TO KNOW YOUR BLUE ROOF FAMILY!

    Monday, February 11, 2013

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    The Blue Roof Wellness Center is situated in Durban, South Africa. In partnership with the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and under the leadership of the wonderful Clinic Manager Tessa, this clinic has thrived during the last 9 months, doubling its reach to 2,700 clients. The Blue Roof supports children and families living with HIV by providing compassionate, quality care and other services such as cervical cancer screening, and nutritional and psychosocial support. 

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    There are many reasons why the Blue Roof is special, but one in particular is the staff - many of which were former clients at the clinic. Their passion and dedication is immeasurable. This in itself is a testament to the success of services here, as well as the loving environment, which encourages clients to live full and healthy lives. 

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    The Blue Roof also promotes linkages with local social service organizations, which helps to de-stigmatize the clinic. One such organization, the Molibongwe Senior Citizens Club, is a support group for elderly women, some of whom are raising their orphaned grandchildren. They come together to make beads, crafts, and even organize soccer games. They follow the South African Soccer team and have all become fitter because of it.

    The Blue Roof is a model clinic and one that can be replicated in other communities. The Blue Roof staff are super special individuals, who continue to make a real difference in the lives of the people they serve.

     

  4. FABULOUS UGANDAN FABRIC FOR YOU!

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    imageThese sub-zero temperatures call for a little sub-Saharan sunshine. Wrap yourself up this winter and choose from one of six trendy styles of fabric. Hand-crafted by the women of the Tweyambe Group in Uganda, these wraps can be worn in any number of ways.

    imageThe Tweyambe Group is a women’s collective in Uganda, which is an income generating initiative empowering mothers, sisters, and friends living with, and affected by, HIV.

    $30 means financial independence and continued HIV care for these women. 

    imageAlready warm enough? This fabric can be used as a tablecloth, tapestry, runner, or throw. Know that whatever you decide to do with it, you are supporting the families that we serve.

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  5. LYNNE MAKES A BIG SPLASH!

    Friday, January 11, 2013

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    On 22 December 2012, Lynne Macgregor swam the 7.5 km between Robben Island and Blouberg, South Africa, braving shark infested waters and cold temperatures.

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    Lynne raised $4,085, which will fund comprehensive HIV treatment and care programs for our brothers and sisters in Africa and India.

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    If you are inspired by Lynne and wish to create your own fundraiser, visit iKeep a Child Alive. Go on and dive in!

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    Thanks Lynne, from the Keep a Child Alive Family!