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HELP Ellies son Moses Milner, 20, in Soweto, South Africa, talking to one of the local villagers. He was on a visit with the charity, who support some of the families in that town

HELP Ellies son Moses Milner, 20, in Soweto, South Africa, talking to one of the local villagers. He was on a visit with the charity, who support some of the families in that town

  • by Ellie Milne
 

I launched Keep a Child Alive in 2008 in the UK, which was an extension of the USA charity co-founded by Leigh Blake and Alicia Keys.

The mission was to provide care and treatment for children and their families living with HIV/Aids.

More recently Leigh Blake and I decided to focus on the 16.6m Aids orphans and set up Arms Around The Child working with children living in extreme adversity.

Living with HIV as a child with no parents is very traumatic and we aim to alleviate this pain through creating wonderful homes, providing safety, nutrition, treatment, education and above all love and a future for the children.

Arms Around The Child has homes in India in Jaipur, Manipur, Jalore and in Africa.

We support Bobbi Bear in Durban South Africa which fights for the rights of sexually-abused children and Ikageng in Soweto which looks after children living in child-headed households.

Often these children are found living in very poor conditions with no electric and running water. Ikageng provides an outreach for these children and works to find a stable home and supports the family through all their needs.

My work is very diverse, I communicate with all the sites on a constant basis to make sure that we are providing the right support and to discuss the needs of each of the projects.

The community plays a huge part in our work and we have supporters who run stalls to raise awareness and help at events.

This year we have a team running in the Brighton Marathon and a team entered into the Black Ice Siberian Race.

Visit armsaroundthechild.org.

 

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