Arts for AIDS is a Columbus based initiative formed by combining the efforts of five organizations
representing projects in Haiti, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Baobab Home Orphanage - Tanzania

Baobab Home Orphanage provides a safe loving home for abandoned babies and children affected by AIDS in the village of Bagamoyo, Tanzania. It provides a supportive living and learning environment for the children, their extended families and guardians. With your help, we provide quality nourishment, activities and instruction for these children who have been left behind

Steven Tito Academy

Steven Tito Academy (STA) was established as program of The Baobab Home. As the kids reached school age, there were no good options for their education. Local schools are overcrowded, hitting is commonplace and educational resources are nonexistent. Because of this most Tanzanian children underachieve in school and their schools under-challenge and under-serve them. We wanted something better!

At STA we offer quality, safe education for the kids from the Baobab Home and the Bagamoyo community.

To learn more about STA and how you can support our students visit the Steven Tito Academy website.


Just two years ago, Salim was in a classroom of 75 kids where he was an anonymous student in a sea of others. Today, as a fully-sponsored STA student, he is thriving academically and dreaming of his future as a scientist. Currently he is showing his artistic side by managing our school play.

Steven Tito Academy (STA) opened its doors in 2012 to give Tanzanian kids a transformative education that would otherwise never be available to most of our students. We offer an education that is focused on creativity and individualized learning.

STA was established as program of The Baobab Home orphanage in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. As the kids of the Baobab Home reached school age, there were no good options for their education. Local schools are overcrowded, hitting is commonplace and educational resources are nonexistent. Because of this most Tanzanian children underachieve in school and their schools under-challenge and under-serve them. We wanted something better!

At STA we offer quality, safe education for the kids from the Baobab Home and the Bagamoyo community. We have high expectations for all students and we aim to create empowered thinkers who can contribute to a better Tanzania. Our green school focuses on providing a well-rounded education that includes science, math, English, arts and physical education and is tailored to each unique student.

We seek out bright students from poor families who cannot afford an English medium primary school. We also accept students whose parents are able to pay some or all of the school fees but who have been unable until now to find a school in Bagamoyo where their children will gain an educational edge. All STA parents invest their time in a variety of committees (such as the gardening, cleaning and cooking committees), which helps the school reduce overhead expenses. We also hold regular meetings with the parents, both one-on-one and as a group, to ensure that they are as invested in their child's education as we are.

STA is not just about the students, but about their families and the Bagamoyo community. We are all working together to empower the students to become active citizens capable of leading Tanzania towards a brighter future.


Contact: Mary Harmon


The Granny Connection encourages awareness of Africa’s grandmothers and their struggle in the fight against HIV/AIDS by building support through grandmothers in Columbus, Indiana. The Granny Connection directly supports the Power of Love Foundation whose response to HIV and AIDS is to strengthen affected communities in Matero, Zambia, by empowering women and grandmothers to become self-reliant. These women are provided with micro-loans and business training as well as food, medicines, and health care services for their HIV positive grandchildren.

Thousands of treated malaria bed nets are provided to families and a prenatal program is in place to prevent vertical transmission of HIV. Supervised play is also a critical part of the program to address grief, abuse, and other forms of childhood problems. Families rekindle and make tangible progress demonstrating resilience, strength, and courage.

In 2008, a group of women in Columbus, Indiana, began its organizing and advocacy work on behalf of these deserving grandmothers. This group, The Granny Connection, focuses on raising funds to help ease the plight of African grandmothers and their orphaned grandchildren. In some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, 40 - 60% of AIDS orphans are living in extreme poverty in grandmother-headed households. The challenges they face are overwhelming. The Granny Connection works to offer hope and opportunity for these women and children. Money raised has enabled children to receive supervised medical care and benefitted hundreds of other children and grandmothers by providing social, medical, and/or emotional support.

Grannies assist the Power Of Love Foundation

The Granny Connection helps to raise funds for the Power of Love Foundation to assist families affected by AIDS in Lusaka, Zambia. Find more info on the Power Of Love Foundation at the following link:

Granny Connection would like you to meet Colin (not his real name), one of the children in the Power of Love pediatric HIV care program . Colins' health has improved significantly in the last year and he is attending school as a result of your generosity and caring.

Colin is 11 years old and cared for by his grandma. Last year, he got sick, got tested and found positive for HIV. To keep Colin from developing full-blown AIDS, it is critical that he doesn't catch any opportunistic infections which will compromise his health. As part of the pediatric HIV care program, POL's Project Nurse is counseling and educating his grandmother on how best to prevent infections and take care of him. In addition, he is visited weekly by a child health care worker for a check-up and psycho-social counseling. We are happy to hear that Colin is an active and playful fourth grader and loves school! To help care for more children like Colin, Power of Love is partnering with Global Giving. Please donate generously to help HIV+ children like Colin continue to play, attend school, and live healthy lives. And as always, 100% of your donations go towards POL programs and no part is used for overheads.

Have a fun filled winter,
Your friends at the Power of Love Foundation

Contact: Ann Jones


Imani Workshops was established as part of the AMPATH Family Preservation Initiative (FPI). AMPATH is the cooperative response to HIV/AIDS by Moi University School of Medicine in Eldoret, Kenya and Indiana University. Imani Workshops provides avenues for HIV positive artisans to achieve sustainable social enterprise through the production of high quality handicrafts, promoting economic self-sufficiency. The Imani Artist Collective further develops the artistic talents of the Imani Workshops artisans as they “paint their truths” on canvas and paper.

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Contact: Michael Greven

Konbit Lasante Pou Limonade

Konbit Lasante Pou Limonad strives to elevate the level of primary healthcare in the community of Limonade, Haiti and the surrounding area. Objectives are to support the Haitian healthcare system, expand existing health care services to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, and to link healthcare to the alleviation of poverty by providing essential services such as nutrition, housing, potable water, sanitation, education, and employment.

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Contact: Sarah Grey

Matthew Rusike Children’s Home


Matthew Rusike Children’s Home operates a multifaceted program which combines residential care and community based orphan care initiatives in Epworth, Zimbabwe. Most of the community based children are orphaned due to HIV/AIDS, therefore some of them are not only affected but also infected by the pandemic. Under the MRCH Community Based Care program, the health, nutritional, psychological, and educational needs of these children are addressed.

Matthew Rusike Children’s Home in 2014

A Deeper Look at Community Based Orphan Care in Zimbabwe

Since its establishment in 1960 as a residential care facility for orphaned and vulnerable children, Matthew Rusike Children’s Home has developed into one of the largest child welfare organizations in Zimbabwe, caring for over 6,092 children in its Residential and Community Based Orphan Care Schemes and employing a staff of 50 in its childcare services.

As a multifaceted program MRCH has decentralized its childcare operations to various Methodist Church in Zimbabwe districts through home and community based care initiatives. Community Based Care (CBC) was a response to the growing number of orphaned and vulnerable children in society, largely due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Modern trends have proven that children grow better when assisted in their natural environment as opposed to being put in an institution.

MRCH Community Based Care has enrolled over 7,000 children in various interventions such as school fees, food, clothing, rentals, and medication. These CBC programs are possible with the assistance of trained volunteer community caregivers. The caregivers also raise awareness in the communities to uphold children’s rights. They address child abuse and immoral activities perpetrated against children, being advocates for vulnerable children.

MRCH has also begun setting up Community Resource Centers using the church facilities for Psycho Social Support services. At these centers children are assisted with guided play and games, counseling, supervision of homework, health checks and provision of supplementary feeding. Alongside these programs, MRCH has a Community Health Program in place for children who are chronically ill, many of whom have been infected with HIV.

Following are a few itemized costs associated with the work done by Matthew Rusike Children’s Home which are areas of need:

  • Primary school fees plus uniform, shoes, stationery: US$255 per year
  • Secondary School fees plus uniform, shoes, stationery: US$400 per year
  • Tertiary School fees (post secondary/college age) range from US$1,300 to US$1,560 with other needs as transport, library fees, stationery, pocket money, food and rentals which add up to US$1,400. Together with school fees, costs may come to US$2,960 per year.
  • Resources are needed for workshops to train the community volunteer caregivers. Workshops run for 3 days for 26-35 people. Every year 8 workshops are run if resources are available. Cost of each workshop ranges between US$700 to US$1,000.
  • The home is in dire need of a good vehicle in the form of a twin cab, preferably four wheel drive. Approximate cost is US$48,000.
  • If you are interested in more information or are able to give assistance to identified vulnerable children in these communities or other needs listed, please contact:

    Matthew Rusike Children’s Home
    P.O. Box H99
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Cell numbers: 263 772 416 221-4

    Contact: Cindy Chapman


    We are currently looking for businesses, groups or individuals that would be interested in being a sponsor for Arts For AIDS events in and around Columbus,Indiana. If you are interested or would like to find out more about being a sponsor please email or give us a call.

    Click link below to read several stories about people you would be helping as a sponsor.

    The Arts for AIDS Fiscal Agent for donations and gifts is Columbus Area Arts Council. Please send any checks to "Columbus Area Arts Council" with the words “Arts for AIDS” in the memo line.

    Columbus Area Arts Council

    300 Washington Street
    Columbus, IN 47201
    To find out how you can volunteer or donate, please email us at

    Additional information


    Major Donors for “songs & stories of life,” Arts for AIDS 2014:

    African American Fund, Columbus Area Arts Council, Cummins Inc., The Granny Connection, Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, QMix.

    Additional sponsors for "songs & stories of life,” Arts for AIDS 2014:

    Chef Carrie Douglas, Students and Staff of the BCSC Culinary Arts Program, Cummins African and African American Affinity Group, Pride Alliance Columbus, Steve and Cindy Chapman, Savory Swine, Taylor Brothers Construction Company, Tom and Mary Harmon, ZwanzigZ Pizza and Brewing

    Sponsors: Arts for AIDS 2012

    Bybee Stone Company, Brown Hill Nursery, Steve and Cindy Chapman, Cork Liquors, Cummins Inc., Ecosource Inc., David and Cindy Force, Frame and Art, Patrick Harrison, Attorney, Lockett's, Madonna Yates, Pollert Design, Stillframes Photography, St Paul's Episcopal Church, Taylor Brothers, Weaver Fine Furniture & Cabinets,Dave and Ann Windley


    To find out how you can volunteer or donate, below are our contacts

    Mary Harmon

    Cindy Chapman