Release date
March 12, 2008

A Helping Hand, A New Life

March 12, 2008, —

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Funding from the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is saving the lives of millions around the world. A five-year, $15-billion program, PEPFAR has significantly increased the capacity of agencies, including Catholic Relief Services, to respond to the needs of people living with and affected by HIV. CRS is the lead agency of the five-partner AIDSRelief consortium, which received the largest PEPFAR grant: $335 million.

As one of the largest implementing agencies of PEPFAR, CRS is helping to bring HIV services to more than 250,000 people in nine countries, including supporting antiretroviral therapy for more than 100,000. These people — most of whom previously couldn't afford or access proper care — are regaining their strength, earning sustainable incomes and, above all, living with dignity.

CRS programs funded by PEPFAR are also letting more than 56,000 orphans and vulnerable children be kids again by providing them with critical education support, nutrition initiatives, counseling services and more. In addition, prevention programs are helping to stem the spread of the pandemic.

The photos that follow provide a glimpse into some of CRS' life-changing PEPFAR-funded programs in east Africa. With PEPFAR funding now up for reauthorization by the U.S. Congress, CRS hopes to continue creating miracles for poor families affected by HIV for many years to come.