Tanzanian Moms Care for Children Orphaned by AIDS

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Women sit on the grounds of a local parish, sifting through food rations provided by Catholic Relief Services. The women care for children orphaned by AIDS. Photo courtesy Fr. Ephraim, Chengena parish in Songea

In Tanzania, CRS serves approximately 35,000 orphans and vulnerable children. Through our network of trained volunteers we serve about 12,000 caregivers who have taken in orphans and vulnerable children.

According to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), about 970,000 children in this east African country have been orphaned by AIDS. Meeting the nutritional and economic needs of households that care for children is a vital part of CRS’ work in mitigating the effects of AIDS. In Tanzania, in addition to food aid, we provide training in parenting skills, saving and growing income, and starting small businesses.

This Mother’s Day, CRS salutes surrogate mothers’ remarkable efforts in caring for children in need.

– Kai Hill, CRS associate web producer

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