World Vision Caregiver Kits World Vision Caregiver Kits Home-based care for those living with AIDS
AIDS: a global crisis • FACTS • 40 million people worldwide are living with HIV • 25 million people have died as a result of AIDS since it was first identified in the 1980s • 15 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents as a result of AIDS • More than 3 million people die as a result of AIDS each year
AIDS: a global crisis AIDS is one of the greatest humanitarian tragedies of our time. Every 15 seconds a child loses a parent to this relentless pandemic. Yet there is hope. Local caregivers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are already helping families affected by HIV and AIDS. But they lack simple items needed to prolong lives and comfort the sick.
Who are caregivers? Caregivers are family members and local volunteers around the world who are providing compassionate support to people living with AIDS. Hardworking community volunteers offer physical and emotional support to affected households, while family members—many of them children—sacrifice everything to care for sick mothers, fathers, and other relatives. Many of these courageous caregivers lack the basic supplies they need to safely and effectively minister to the sick.
How do Caregiver Kits work? Caregiver Kits are filled with basic supplies that improve and prolong the lives of those living with AIDS while protecting caregivers and preventing the spread of infection. For just $25, a Caregiver Kit brings joy to a caregiver and has an immeasurable impact on many people within their community. Kits are assembled by churches and community groups, then shipped to World Vision distribution centers and from there to AIDS-affected communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
What’s in a Caregiver Kit? • Each item in the Caregiver Kit empowers caregivers to provide safe and compassionate treatment for people suffering from AIDS. • Each kit consists of a carrying case filled with: • Antibacterial soap • Petroleum jelly • Antifungal cream • Cotton balls • Latex gloves • Washcloths • Notebook and pens • Flashlight with batteries • Antidiarrheal medication and acetaminophen • A handwritten note is included in each kit to encourage the caregiver who receives the supplies.
Together, we can make an impact on the global AIDS crisis. • We can come alongside caregivers in the fight against AIDS! • Assembling Caregiver Kits is a hands-on way we can: • Show Christ’s unconditional love to those suffering from AIDS • Equip caregivers with the practical materials they need • Encourage caregivers to continue caring selflessly for their neighbors
One group’s story:Assembling Caregiver Kits at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church In April 2006, 1,126 church members assembled 7,300 Caregiver Kits in five two-hour shifts. All ages helped out! They assembled 8,000 more kits on World AIDS Day in Dec. ’06 and plan to assemble more in the Spring of ’07 Caregiver Kit contents provided in partnership with
What participants have learned “The most important thing I learned was how pervasive the problem is and how discouraging it is for people in Africa not having the kind of things they need to be good caregivers. I now know how much trouble they go to for supplies and how, without too much effort on our part, we really can do something that will help.” Thora Richardson Menlo Park Presbyterian, CA