Seeds of Hope Children's Ministry™ started in 1995 after hearing about the plight of children orphaned because of AIDS. In 1996 Seeds of Hope Children's Ministry™ opened the first home for HIV/AIDS children in Thailand. Since that time, we have been involved in bringing aid to children in several countries. Our biggest projects are in Ndola, Zambia. The Buseko Children's Home is the first and currently the only Home in Zambia specifically for HIV/AIDS affected or infected children. To ensure that our children have a good education and the tools to succeed in life we have built our own school; Grace Academy continues in this innovative and pioneering ministry. Grace Academy is the only boarding school in the world today that caters specifically to HIV/AIDS affected or infected children. We are able to provide excellent medical care and antiretroviral therapy (ARV's) for all our HIV positive children. Our vision is to raise leaders and the way to do this is through education and opportunity. Our aim is to save the lives of children by the care we provide and to give sustainable hope for the children and their communities by the programs we put in place.
The plight of orphaned children in third world countries is heart breaking. The children that come to us have suffered incomprehensible hardships starting with the loss of their parents and rejection from relatives. Add to that poverty, disease and homelessness. Many of the children that come to us have been abandoned, some have no record of their birth, family or even have a have name. Can you imagine having your age estimated by having a doctor count your teeth? This is how some of our children come to us. This all changes in a short while as they feel the warmth of being loved and accepted. This love is not only by our staff but also by their new brothers and sisters. One particular heartwarming story is when a little boy named John Phiri came to the Buseko Home. John was very feverish and afraid. He stood in a corner surrounded by strangers, even though they were all trying to be kind and welcoming, his eyes were full of fear. Then to our amazement, Dudu one of the first children of the Home stepped forward, put his arms around John and said, "don't worry John Phiri, when I came here I was sick too but now I am better and you will be too." John and Dudu became good friends and John thrived at the Buseko Home even though he was suffering with the affects of AIDS. He learned that Jesus loved him and is preparing a place for him. When John died, he died praying. His last words were, "Jesus I am ready to go to paradise, when are you coming to take me?" With that, he rolled over and went to be with the Lord.
Since 2005 we are able to provide antiretroviral (ARV's) therapy for all our HIV positive children. HIV positive children in North America on ARV therapy are expected to live almost a normal lifespan! We have been having exceptional results with the medication. Most of the children's viral loads are down to undetectable and their CD4 counts are at a level where they can maintain very good health. What that means is that our children are going to survive. We want to give them the best opportunity to succeed in life. We have a philosophy that if you raise children as peasants you should not be surprised if that is what they grow up to be. Our vision is to raise our children to be the future leaders of their country.
We want to love them, nurture them, to meet their emotional, physical and spiritual needs. We also want to provide them with the best education to enable them to succeed. We have a dream for our children in our Homes exactly like we have a dream for our own biological children. With your help, we are achieving the vision and dream God has given us for the children in our care. We are a family…God's family!
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