Coming Soon – The Children’s Bridge will be hosting an Information Evening in Ottawa this fall highlighting the process of adopting a child living with HIV from Thailand, Zambia and Kenya.
For more information and resources please visit: http://www.childrensbridge.com/pages/hivandkids.html or http://www.childrensbridge.com/pages/hivandkidsresources.html
The 20th International AIDS Conference got underway in Melbourne, Australia on the evening of Sunday, July 20th on a somber note as presenters paid respects to the lives of 6 conference attendees who perished en-route in the Malaysia airlines flight MH17 tragedy.
The evening continued with moving speeches by UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe (full speech can be found at: http://www.unaids.org/en/media/unaids/contentassets/documents/speech/2014/07/20140720_SP_EXD_AIDS2014opening_en.pdf), and Michael Kirby, who is a well-known human rights advocate and former Australian High Court justice (highlights of his speech have been published by The Body Pro and can be found at: http://www.thebodypro.com/content/74767/7-amazing-things-michael-kirby-said-about-hiv-at-t.html).
The Body Pro will be continuing it’s coverage of the 2014 International AIDS Conference which can be accessed at this link: http://www.thebodypro.com/content/74778/cacophony-or-consensus-snapshots-of-a-complicated-.html
The Conference Website also offers online coverage, webinars, a mobile app and other multi-media access at: http://www.aids2014.org/Default.aspx?pageId=720
This article was recently published in an Australian newspaper; it contains some excellent information regarding the adoption of HIV+ children and highlights a new advocacy group working to ensure these children’s rights are guaranteed. Here is a link to the news article:
SuperKidsGlobal – excellent new resource for families considering adopting a child living with HIV: http://superkidsglobal.com/
Take a minute to watch this video (link on left hand side of the page), and then click on the link (left hand side of the page) to hear K’naan speak and sign the petition to help make Bill C-393 a reality: http://www.aidslaw.ca/EN/camr/index.htm
Legal groups in Australia are working to make adopting children with HIV and other special needs less discriminatory by removing unnecessary legal barriers that are daunting to most adoptive families. The full article on this can be found at: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/01/16/hiv-adoption-rules-marred-discrimination
I love this for it’s simplicity and yet effectiveness – a great resource!
If you’d like to see more, check out The Stigma Project at: http://www.thestigmaproject.org/
The Body recently compiled a list of the most “curious” questions asked throughout 2013 users had posted to its “Ask the Experts” forum. And while we can all agree it is better to have people asking these questions than just making their own assumptions, they are certainly…interesting! My personal favorite – number 7 – Can I give HIV to myself?
Check out the answer and read the other 9 questions here: http://www.thebody.com/content/73340/10-curious-questions-asked-about-hiv-transmission-.html?getPage=1
World AIDS Day is coming up on December 1st, and most cities and smaller centres are planning events to commemorate the day, and also to kick off Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988; with the 2013 theme being “Getting to Zero” – Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths.
As always, CATIE has compiled a comprehensive list of resources, article, an AIDS timeline, and a list of events being held throughout Canada. Visit http://www.catie.ca/en/world-aids-day to see what is happening near you.
WHAT IS THIS ABOUT:
This is a fundraising project being organized by a friend of mine who brought her daughter home from Ethiopia over 1.5 years ago. She is planning a return trip to Ethiopia this coming October with Canadian Humanitarian`s expedition team!
Canadian Humanitarian (CHOIR), is a non-profit organization that has a variety of projects that supports children and families in Addis, the capital of Ethiopia and other rural areas. Initiatives such as child sponsorship, along with medical and educational progrmas have a significant and positive impact on lhe lives of the children and families in Ethiopia. You can learn more about them at Canadianhumanitarian.com. They are truly amazing!
I will be apart of the a Canadian Humanitarian Expedition team traveling to Ethiopia for 2 weeks in October to volunteer our time and skills to a variety of their projects. I am currently fundraising for this expedition. Funds raised go towards travel expenses and a sizable donation to the projects! Canadian Humanitarian uses funds raised to support the programs!
HAND MADE ETHIOPIAN NECKLACES WITH A TWIST:
The twist is that a person`s single contribution will work hard by actually supporting two organizations, both of whom are working hard in Ethiopia; Mission Ethiopia and Canadian Humanitarian. I custom ordered the necklaces from Mission Ethiopia (missionethiopia.com). Their jewelry program supports empowerment through sustainable jobs for women in Ethiopia. The women who craft these beautiful necklaces benefit directly from their employment. Then, the funds raised from the necklaces will inturn be used by Canadian Humanitarian to support their expedition work in Ethiopia! So, purchasing a necklace or two helps two organizations, having twice the impact in Ethiopia!
ABOUT THE NECKLACES:
As you can see from the photos below, the necklaces are one-of-a-kind and well-crafted. They are really beautiful!
They are hand made by Ethiopian women, and there are four to choose from:
1) Ethiopian Cross- black clay beads, Ethiopian cross, 18 inches long
2) Lots of Swirls – swirl paper beads, clear spacers, 29 inches long *note – photo shows a much longer double strand, this is a single strand.
3) Spring Fun – bright colour paper beads, black and white spacers, 29 inches long
4) One Can Make A Difference- Black clay beads, single red bead, nickel spacers, 29 inches long
THESE WOULD MAKE FABULOUS MOTHER’S DAY PRESENTS!
COST: You get to determine how much you would like to purchase a necklace for! The minimum is $25 per necklace (plus $3 for postage if you would like them mailed to you).
HOW TO ORDER: If you would like to order a necklace, just email me your order to email@example.com and we can arrange payment (cheques are perfectly fine) and delivery.
ORDERS NEED TO BE RECEIVED BY MAY 15TH!
If you would like to make a cash donation instead of purchasing a necklace, that is also a great option (and a tax receipt can be issued).
If you are not interested, that is okay, at least you have learned about two really neat organizations making a difference in Ethiopia.
Thanks so much for any support ! I am so looking forward to returning to Ethiopia and working with the families and children!
An Information Evening presented by The Children’s Bridge Adoption Consultants
Adopting a Child Living with HIV
Saturday, April 20th, 2013 in Mississauga, Ontario
Join us from 6:30 – 8:30pm!
Learn More About: basic facts such as: HIV transmission, treatment and risks, parenting a child living with HIV, psycho-social issues such as stigma, discrimination and disclosure, anti-retroviral treatments including information regarding provincial drug plans and insurance. Come away with knowledge regarding resources and supports for families within Ontario, as well as details regarding the adoption process, such as which countries/programs are available, the citizenship and immigration process, and including HIV in your homestudy.
Please note: This event is open to any families planning to adopt a child living with HIV, and not just those families in process with The Children’ Bridge.
For more information or to register please go to: http://www.childrensbridge.com/pages/upcomingevents.html