On Dec. 1, 2006, World AIDS Day, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee received grants totaling $2.5 million for its work fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa.
The agency received a grant of $984,161 from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for its work in Kenya as part of the New Partners Initiative of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
The other grant, for $1.5 million, also from USAID, is for CRWRC and the other members of a consortium of faith-based organizations led by Nazarene Compassionate Ministries in Zambia.
In Kenya, CRWRC works with the Kenyan Anglican Church and the Reformed Church of East Africa’s Plateau Mission Hospital. The million-dollar grant will go toward providing AIDS counseling and testing, preventing mother-to-child transmission, training religious and community leaders in home-based AIDS care, and creating educational campaigns that address awareness, stigma, and prevention.
In Zambia, the $1.5 million grant will address prevention education and provide home-based care for people living with AIDS through partners in the Presbyterian and Reformed churches in Zambia and Central Africa.
CRWRC’s AIDS response in Africa has been expanding for nearly two decades. To learn more about how CRWRC is responding to the AIDS crisis, see http://www.crwrc.org/development/aids.html.