Food for the Hungry Receives USAID Grant to Combat AIDS in Ethiopia
Food for the Hungry
Food for the Hungry was awarded one of only 27 grants provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop a new HIV/AIDS program in Ethiopia.
More than 600 nonprofit agencies applied for this grant, which is part of USAID's new CORE Values (Communities Responding to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic) Program. USAID began this program after realizing successful HIV/AIDS prevention programs must include education about values in order to change people's behaviors that lead to contracting the disease. For years, Food for the Hungry has conducted faith-based, value-focused HIV/AIDS education in several countries in Africa and Latin America.
Food for the Hungry will develop the HIV/AIDS prevention program in collaboration with the Ethiopia-based agency, Mothers and Children Development Organization (MCDO). The organizations will conduct training sessions to teach community leaders and local officials the negative impact the disease is having in their communities and how value-based HIV/AIDS prevention techniques can change and save lives.
After each training session, participants will plan small community projects, called seed projects, based on what they can do to help alleviate the pandemic of HIV/AIDS in their community. Food for the Hungry will then help the participants carry out their project activities, including forming anti-HIV/AIDS clubs in schools, providing direct support to AIDS orphans and family members, conducting counseling for those with HIV/AIDS and their families, and supporting local public health institutions.
Keith Wright, Food for the Hungry's Washington Liaison Officer, said, "[This grant] is significant in that it reflects progress in a strategic focus for Food for the Hungry in Africa as well as a growing recognition by USAID that faith-based organizations like ours are valuable in responding to and preventing HIV/AIDS."
AIDS is the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa and is the fourth biggest killer worldwide. Since the epidemic began, more than 60 million people have been infected with the virus.
Food for the Hungry began working in Ethiopia in 1974 to provide emergency food aid to starving families. In 1984, Food for the Hungry established an office in the country and began moving toward long-term development programs including agricultural, clean water, education, and health projects. Each year, nearly 300,000 Ethiopians benefit from these programs.
Food for the Hungry is an international relief and development agency of Christian motivation, helping those who are affected by natural disasters such as floods, famines and earthquakes, as well as those affected by war, hunger and poverty
For more information, or to contact Food for the Hungry, see their website at: www.fh.org
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