Malawi Widows and Orphans

Welcome to Malawi, “The Warm Heart of Africa.” Her people are like Black Gold.

Your hosts are the Honorable Bishop Cedric and Loveness Whayo from Blantyre, Malawi.

“Loveness and I wish to express our sincere thanks to you for viewing and considering our work here in Africa. On behalf of the many starving children that we feed each and every day, we thank you!”

Bishop Cedric is the general overseer for Church on the Rock that serves Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland. We are honored to work with a man of such integrity.

Women are preparing the one and only meal that will be eaten by hundreds of African orphans. Today they are blessed, tomorrow is another story.

In Malawi one in 10 is an Orphan

One out of every 10 children in Malawi is an orphan because of AIDS. Moreover, poverty, malnutrition and severe shortages of food threaten to exacerbate Malawi’s orphan problem. Chronic drought has caused the annual maize harvest to be at its lowest since 1994. If the drought remains constant the lives of an estimated 4.2 million people will be threatened.

The mission of The Orphans of AIDS is to improve the quality of life for all children that have been orphaned. We believe that every child has a right to a life that is free from sexual exploitation and poverty. We therefore help more than just those that are affected by HIV/AIDS, but seek help as many orphans as we can regardless of their circumstance.

“What I saw while I was in Malawi was shocking,” said Dr. Caratti, of The Orphans of AIDS. “Hundreds of orphan children were living on dirt floors seeking shelter among a broken-up pile of bricks where there once stood a building which they now use as their only refuge from the hot summer heat and freezing cold winter. These are the Bush-children of Malawi that live in the deepest most remote villages of Africa. They are among the thousands of orphan children that we saw that have no school, no homes and no one to care for them.”

Dr. Bill Bray with Dr. Paul J. Caratti inspects an orphanage in Soweto, South Africa. Previously Dr. Bray had just returned from Malawi where he gave away $2.2 million dollars in lifesaving (ARV’s) Anti-retroviral medicines donated by World Children’s Fund.

The Widows and Orphans Project

“I love African babies,” said Dr. Caratti. “Especially when we can find an open-home for adoption or a group-home for their care. The trouble is there simply aren't enough good quality homes for the more than 12 million children that are thrown away and abandoned on the streets of Africa today.

Yet, there is another equally disturbing problem rising all over Africa today. It is the number of women who have become widowed after millions of men have died from AIDS. In Malawi we have instituted a way of uniting orphan children with single widow women. It seems that one of the best solutions to the problem was to no longer treat the two as separate issues, but to somehow join the two together by uniting infant orphans & single mother widows.

However, before placement is done, a thorough search is made to locate any extended family members that may still be living who can take care of these orphan children.

The Widow & Orphans Program is a win, win situation that requires much less funding and helps the entire community all the way around.”

Our Mozambique and Malawian pastors receive the necessary grain for feeding the orphans of AIDS through our Widows and Orphans Program.

The objective for The Orphans of AIDS is to build about 100 houses for these precious little ones which will house about 2,000 orphan children total. Each 3-4 room house will be built and furnished for approximately $15,000. We will recognize the sponsor of an entire home by having the home named in their honor.

Our long term objective is to stand with the African community to empower their own people to build many multi-use HIV orphan care facilities that will provide housing for around 2,000 additional orphan children. The orphans will receive parental love, discipline, health care, and education.

Another problem in most Bush-villages is there is no clean drinking water available. Children travel for hours each and every day just to get water for the rest of their village. Our objective is to drill as many fresh-water Bore Hole for each Bush-community that will provide clean, healthy drinking water for their entire village.

Our Objective:

The objective of The Orphans of AIDS is to work within the local Africa community to provide basic food, clean drinking water, schooling and essential health care necessary for life. Moreover, our philosophy is to help the orphan children of Africa live a life that is free from poverty, sexual exploitation and disease.

Our Mission:

The mission of The Orphans of AIDS focuses on empowering local indigenous community-based organizations to provide the basic elements to help orphans and vulnerable children live healthy lives.

Twins Patrick and Eric Nyauga sit with their mother Faustina, who is in the final stages of AIDS (June 1997)

General Priorities:

Our activities include fundraising, research, education and advocacy, and grants to organizations serving the affected populations in Malawi.

Our funding priorities include:

  • Education for orphans.
  • Humanitarian services and medical care for orphan children.
  • Foster care and orphanage programs available.

Through careful screening, this project like all other projects that we endorse has been found to be reliable and is a financially trustworthy institution with longstanding respect in the Malawian community.

Our partnership accountability relationship is through Cedric and Loveness Whayo, the directors for The Orphans of AIDS in Africa. The Whayo’s have been instrumental in helping us to find just the right Institutions that abide by our standard of care with which to match your generous giving.

The Orphans of AIDS pledges to give 100% of your designated donations to support the work of the Malawi, Widows and Orphans Project.

Please give generously.
Dr. Paul J. Caratti, CEO
Wilma I. Buckie, President
The Orphans of AIDS

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