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APRECOM is determined to change the lives of children affected by HIV/AIDS, in the name of Jesus.
As part of this, the team coordinates a network of support groups for children. These clubs are called â€˜Inshuti Nzizaâ€™, which means â€˜good friendsâ€™. At these clubs, children are offered fun and friendship. TheyÂ share one anotherâ€™s burdens and learn more about Godâ€™s love for them. The clubs bring life and hope to children who have known stigma and suffering.
The older Inshuti Nziza youth have formed a â€˜troopâ€™ thatÂ helps meet the practical needs of their community,Â rather than focusing on the problems HIV has brought to their own lives.
All of these initiatives are underpinned by regular positive parenting workshops, which are transforming common attitudes towards children. Children are being listened to, valued and included in decisions which affect them, at home and in their churches.
And APRECOM is beginning to develop a new strand to its work, serving disabled children. The team are strengthening links with a school which does fantastic work in supporting and enabling children with disabilities, and we’re looking forward to seeing how this working relationship might grow.