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International Red Cross

Regions: South Africa

Category: Children Health

Tags: Whatever It Takes

Total Raised: $31,522

How have we helped?

The funds were raised by 21st Century Leaders, from the sale of Whatever It Takes products.

21st Century Leader Ville Vallo of HIM, asked 21st Century Leaders to design a charity wristband using his artwork, in order to raise funds for the International Red Cross.

The International Red Cross chose to use the funds raised by 21st Century Leaders, to support home based care of HIV Aids orphans in South Africa, please see details of project below.

About International Red Cross

South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV/Aids in the world and the impact on communities is immense.

Within South Africa the Red Cross is working to reduce the spread of HIV infection and to improve the quality of life of families and children affected by the disease.

By supporting the Red Cross’ vital work in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 21st Century Leaders makes a significant difference to the lives of families who have been devastated by the epidemic.

With 21st Century Leaders' funding the Red Cross was able to care for over 200 people living with HIV and Aids and their families for a full 12 months.

This involves:

• Training and recruitment of 20 Red Cross Volunteers to provide both practical and emotional support to people living with HIV/Aids and their families
• The provision of Home-Based Care Kits (medication, nutritional supplements, first aid, dressings and equipment)
• The distribution of Food Parcels & non-food items

With 21st Century Leader’s support the Red Cross was not only able to provide vital support to people living with HIV/ Aids but also essential help to family members who take on the role of caring. The burden of caring for one, two or even more people with HIV/Aids can put a huge strain on carers who are often children and grandparents. Red Cross volunteers are specially trained to offer practical homecare support, emotional help and psychological support to clients and to those caring for someone living with the disease.