How Compassion Helps
When Godfrey was 12, he became one of sub-Saharan Africa's 12 million AIDS orphans. But the nightmare was just beginning. Just days after his mother died, he began exhibiting symptoms of HIV.
Godfrey was so devastated he tried to hang himself, but the rope snapped. Social workers at his Compassion-assisted child development center immediately intervened. Today, through the support of Compassion's AIDS program, he is on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and is defying the disease.
Compassion intervenes by:
- Preventing the transmission of HIV and AIDS through education
- Treating those who are infected, offering ART and transportation to clinics, along with counseling and support
- Rehabilitating Compassion-assisted children who have lost a parent to AIDS or who are infected with HIV