Our largest initiative to date addresses HIV/AIDS on many fronts.

Education and Prevention, Medical Care and Treatment, and Impact Mitigation.

Thanks to the generous support of the American people, in the autumn of 2015 Young Heroes received a three-year grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) via PACT.

Focused on four constituencies in the Hhohho region, the Umliba Loya Embili and DREAMS projects are wide-ranging interventions that address HIV/AIDS on many fronts. With nearly 180 community based workers spread throughout the communities, Young Heroes reaches deeply to understand and address the needs on the ground with three major programs: OVC support services, HIV prevention clubs and WORTH.

Our Impact

7200

orphans and vulnerable children receiving individual care plans

3900

adolescent girls who are enrolled in DREAM Clubs

2600

female caretakers who are members of WORTH groups

Umliba Loya Embili

This project consists of assessing and addressing the needs of 7,200 orphans and vulnerable children to create individualized support plans, including home-based HIV care; funds for education; and abuse intervention and counseling.

DREAM

Nearly 3,900 adolescent girls participate in these community-based clubs, which teach life skills; decision-making; sexual and reproductive health; HIV education; and offer HIV testing/counseling.

WORTH

This community-based savings and micro-entrepreneur program for groups of female caretakers of orphans and vulnerable children teaches financial literacy and parenting skills. Over 2,600 women are members now; together, they have saved over $100,000 with which to support each other.