HIV/AIDS has significantly reduced life expectancy, depleted the country's labor force, reduced food security, and weakened educational and health services. The number of infected Ugandans has risen to 7.3 percent of the population—a startling increase from 6.4 percent in 2005. By their late thirties, one in ten Ugandan women will be infected with HIV. Many children are being raised by elderly relatives and have no choice but to work as laborers, rather than attend school. African Children Today (ACT) is dedicated to helping children in the Rakai district of Central Africa affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. With your assistance, we can offer a bright, hope-filled future. Our goal is that each child receives a solid education, life skills, and training about HIV/AIDS.
ACT—a nonprofit organization in Minnesota—sends 100 percent of all tax-deductible donations and pledges to support AIM UGANDA. ACT has centralized its efforts around the Rakai district.
AIM UGANDA is a grassroots organization located in the Rakai District of Uganda, was founded by a group of people who have lived their lives in Rakai and have been profoundly affected by the epidemic. The goal of AIM is to transform the lives of young people who have lost one or both parents to AIDS.
ACT also works with Hope Again Women to support the small business efforts of women in Rakai who are helping raise children orphaned by AIDS.