Welcome to Adventist AIDS International Ministry
A brief report to start 2017 by Dr. Alexis and Nellie Llaguno
Dr. Alexis Llaguno is the new AAIM Director while Nellie is AAIM Finance Officer
Thank you for your help to the AIDS ministry and the trust that the money you handed to us will be of use for the advancement of God’s cause in this earth. Truly, your numerous donations have helped us in our difficult and challenging work considering the boundless needs compared to the limited resources. Yet we have seen in many occasions, the meager can be multiplied when we place what we have in God’s hands.
We have been given a far greater responsibility compared to the task we used to occupy as Health Ministries Director for the southern Africa region comprising about 23 different countries. Now the scope of Director of the Adventist AIDS International Ministry encompasses the 23 aforementioned countries plus 33 other countries of East and West Africa. Part of the reason for our appointment in this area is due to our previous involvement with HIV AIDS in all our past assignments in Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and at the Southern Africa Indian Ocean Division. We are filled with fear and trembling as we contemplate of this mind- boggling responsibility. At the same time, our past walk with God has given us the assurance of His guidance, presence and support in this new adventure. The same God who has lifted us up in our past missionary endeavors will do far exceedingly and abundantly for His glory.
This AIDS HIV ministry came about as a response to the this devastating pandemic centered here in Africa. More than 70% of the cases are here in this region hence the office in this area with both of us serving the endless needs brought about by AIDS HIV. Our programs include orphans care, support of those infected, income generating projects, awareness-prevention strategies , training volunteers, sanitation promotions, nutrition demonstrations and other areas which the good Lord will impress on us.
Here are some of the projects that benefited and will be recipients of your donation
Nellie with Anna Gwebu. Anna requested AIDS HIV prevention program and
for Adventist to help them with the gospel. An evangelistic series was done with a team from
USA and also with us. Many were baptized and Maranatha built a church pictured at the
background in Kaphunga, Swaziland.
Goat raising projects to help augment income of those with HIV AIDS at poverty level in Masai land,
From your donation, recipients benefited in Ngcina,
Swaziland for a fence making income generating project. The wires are made into chain
Linked fence and sold. After two years, the initial seed money USD 600 has grown to USD 2,700 as they want to embark
into a hammer mill to grind corn into corn flour.
Lydia Mukantwari of Rwanda. Both parents died of HIV AIDS. She is an orphan receiving support.
Nellie wearing a leteshi dress, the national costume of Botswana and Swaziland. Behind are women
sewing clothes, uniforms, dresses and garments to augment income and to support children who
are poor, destitute and in need.
Plastic bags, native mats and others produced by the same ladies pictured above. The income is to
help orphans and other vulnerable groups.
Genet in Ethiopia has taught about 150 persons to learn how to sew clothes.
In colorful clothes is Kakuzi Sidonia who is HIV positive and lost her left arm in a vehicle accident. We provided money
for her buy and sell business venture. She buys bulk oil and kerosene and sells to the neighbors. She also helps others
suffering from HIV AIDS in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bags and purses made by women in Rwanda to support orphans and people with HIV AIDS.
Nobhule Nlhabatsi is on HIV treatment for the past 12 years. Her husband passed away from the disease. She supports 5 children. She helps in the training of pastors and church members in awareness, prevention and care of HIV AIDS.
Other projects that benefited from your donation without pictures
Fungayi Mutakaeri- Both parents died from HIV. He also has HIV probably due to transmission from parents. Recently
finished certificate in accountancy. He is doing well with HIV treatment.
Emmanuel Orphanage in Swaziland- Donations given for the care of orphans.
We are currently working on a donation of a used vehicle for the transport use of the Thamaga day care center for orphans in Botswana.
-Alex and Nellie
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