With your help we will sponsor 50 students ranging in ages of 5 – 18 years of age throughout the San Bernardino County area. These students are from the HIV/AIDS community, along with two boy’s residential living centers in Redlands, and other needy young people.

We know that building a young person’s self-esteem is a huge task, yet we feel that projects such as “Back to School” can serve as a building block for helping to develop a child’s feeling of self-worth. The boys and young men that live in the residential living centers come from unstable and abusive backgrounds. School is a very stressful time as many are behind their grade level and have self-esteem issues. Furthermore, most of these boys have little family or are working on reunification with extended family.

For young people infected or affected by the consequences of HIV/AIDS, they look to this foundation to help support them, as they struggle with many burdens. New clothes, shoes and school supplies are not on the priority lists of these families. Basic living expenses, medical expenses and special diet regimes are the highest priorities. Stigma still runs rampant with this virus at the same time, the kids just want to be a “normal” kid and enjoy as much of life as possible. Here is an example:

“Emily is a nine year old girl with HIV. She attends school on a regular basis and is proud of her attendance record. At times, however, she gets chronically ill from the disease and her medications. Her mother is also infected and she financially struggles to have enough money for rent and food. Emily loves school is so excited and happy when she receives school supplies from the foundation. All the gifts of supplies and necessities brings smiles, happiness and hope.” –Emily’s Social Worker