HIV and AIDS
Over 30 million people have died from AIDS since it was first recognized in 1981. That’s 30 million people God created and whose lives were cut short by disease. Current estimates show 31 million more dying in India by 2025, 18 million more in China, and 90 million more in Africa.
Canadian Baptist Ministries launched Guardians of Hope in 2004 to strengthen the response of our African church partners to the AIDS pandemic in their midst. Today community groups across Kenya and Rwanda provide support and empowerment to thousands of the most vulnerable – orphans, widows/ers, and grandparents caring for grandchildren, many of whom are HIV positive. In 2008, we expanded the program to India where stigma remains high.
Our priorities include prevention education, especially among youth with dramas, songs and dances; microcredit through group savings and loans, small business development and improved farming; health care, including building clinics for counselling and testing; spiritual and social care with mentors and home visits; and specialized care for orphans including school fees, trauma therapy, and support groups.
Here's the story of one family from India - a story that represents many stories:
TSW assists its partners in areas of HIV and AIDS programming in the following countries:
India with Burden of Love for Economically and Socially Suppressed (BLESS)
India with Council of Christian Hospitals (COCH)
India with Sharon Education Society (SES)
Kenya with Africa Brotherhood Church (ABC)
Kenya with African Christian Church and Schools (ACCS)
Rwanda with Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda (AEBR)
Download CBM's Guardians of Hope project sheets: