Why we need your help
Though St. Francis works very hard to receive grants and funding from major non-profit organizations, we still need your help. Here a few reasons why:
- Steady Funding – St. Francis has primarily been funded by grants, which constantly run out and need re-application. The Funding sources have dwindled over the years despite the fact that the consumers of our health services keep increasing year by year and we have many aspirations for additional services to provide. HIV is a life long condition and one cannot just reduce the amount of services because one has to live with it for the rest of their lives.
- Medicine – ARVs are supplied through PEPFAR funding. However, the medicines for management of other opportunistic infections, and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, are not funded by the program.
- Staff Retention – The other most challenging issue is the retaining of trained staff, because we don't pay them well and the payment is not regular, we lose qualified staff after training them.
- Meeting Space – The shadow idol club has grown to 300 kids coming every Saturday and we don't have shelter for them. They meet outside in the courtyard and when it rains they are scattered around the clinic veranda.
- Transportation – Fuel costs for transportation are continuously rising and the need to see patients out in the field due to sickness or lack of finances is still there. We need to continue to be able to see all our patients, wherever they are.
- Maternity Ward – To fully address the issue of birth mortality rates and prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), a maternity center to be able to assist HIV-positive mothers in safe delivery would be crucial to increasing the chance that babies can be born without HIV and have a chance to live a normal life. The new Ward is under construction through local donations but additional funds are needed to finish!
What is your money worth?
- 1 Course of Chloroquine (malaria treatment) –$5
- 1 tin (1000 tablets) of Bactrin (opportunistic infection prophylaxis) – $10
- Reagents for 1 CD4 cell count test – $25
- Fuel for VCT trip to a village/school for one day – $35
- 1 month supply of HIV testing kits (400 kits) - $100
- Staff Member’s Monthly Salary – $350
- Office Computer (for patient records management) – $700
- Engine repairs/maintenance for “Ambulance” – $3,200
- Completion of Maternity Ward - $35,000
- Full school uniform (made locally) for an orphan. Shirt and pants for a boy, Blouse and skirt/jumper for a girl - $15
- Sanitary pads (so that Shadow idol girl can stay in school the whole year) - $25
- Medical care pack (save one child from communicable diseases for one year) - $30
- Food for Shadow Idol Club meeting (250+ children) per week– $40
- Help feed the OMOANA child rehabilitation home for 3 days - $185
- Computer (for Youth computer training) – $700
- Shelter for Shadow Idol Club meetings - $55,000
- This will include a library, stage for performances, toilets and outside play ground.
- Mosquito net (save a life of a child from the killer tropical Malaria) - $7
- Feed a family of 7 for a whole week - $13
- Provide 6 Kilograms of high-yield crop seeds such as beans, maize, groundnuts, soya beans for a grandmother’s next planting season - $30
- Provide seeds for a family for next planting season - $65
- Help re-build a granny's ravaged home - $785
Our annual budget is USD 600,000 when we are operating at a minimum.
With fully fledged services, we could use over one million dollars annually.
No Donation is too small!
Please note donations made via Nile AIDS Project are NOT tax deductable at this time, but application for 501c3 status has been submitted, and donations can still be made today.