US-Consulates grants N2.9m to orphans, HIV/AIDS victim’s caregivers

HIV-AIDS-238x226The joy of the orphans is inexpressible when they perceive hope, succor and support to rise from their predicaments.

The United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria in a circulated statement released on Friday stated that it had granted the sum of N2.9m to not less than 50 women caregivers to facilitates and support children orphaned by victims of Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

The Acting US Consul General Will Steuer in Nigeria in the statement stated that, “The people and government of the United States continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Nigeria and Nigerian families in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

“Today’s event highlights the importance of supporting families, especially children who are affected by HIV/AIDS through programmes that not only support treatment for the infected, but also to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of families affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as the PEPFAR Small Grants Programme seeks to do.”

It was disclosed in a statement, that selection processed was rigorous but the beneficiaries were selected from five communities in the Apapa Local Government Area (LGA), Lagos State, Nigeria

The statement further disclosed that the US-Nigeria partnership on HIV/AIDS began sometimes in 2004 through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and that between sometimes in 2004 and 2016 respectively, the US assistant for HIV patient, HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support programmes in Nigeria had totalled over 4.3 billion US Dollar.

The US donation under the PEPFAR Small Grants Programme, the US, which is a non-governmental organisation, Blissful Life for Women and Children, would also provide empowerment training to the selected beneficiaries in the areas of business and vocational skills and trade mentorship, and would receive trade articles and supplies.

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