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LifeRise AIDS Resources PO Box 306
Frederick, MD 21705-0306 USA
LifeRise® AIDS Resources, Inc.
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Contact Us: 301-865-9302
LifeRise AIDS Resources PO Box 306
Frederick, MD 21705-0306 USA
LifeRise® AIDS Resources, Inc.

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LifeRise Projects

Ministry to Children

LifeRise AIDS Resources ministers to children living with HIV.  We also help children who are affected by HIV, such as orphaned children who have lost one or both parents from HIV.

Holistic Care for Children

In LifeRise funded projects, children have received the following care:

  • Physical -- food, clothing, and health care, including access to HIV treatment medicines  
  • Emotional -- Supportive care on home visits
  • Social -- Assistance with school fees, uniforms, books and supplies
  • Spiritual -- Help to attend Sunday School, retreats, Bibles, prayer

The Need

Urgent Need for Millions

The needs of children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS are urgent and immense. Acute needs threaten a child's survival; chronic needs cause lifetime scarring which robs potential. Millions of children have lost one or both parents from AIDS, and millions more are vulnerable.

Physical and Emotional Trauma

Children experience emotional distress when their parents die. Many are then cared for by elderly grandparents or older siblings and descend into poverty. Or, they live on the street. They become malnourished.  They drop out of school. They feel afraid and isolated, face the pain of stigma, and are abused and exploited. They are at increased risk for HIV infection and other illness and die at an early age.

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LifeRise Strategy

LifeRise AIDS Resources projects for orphan and vulnerable children help them experience love and nurture, feel safe, be healthy, and achieve their God-given potential. Projects give life-saving care, strengthen families, and mobilize communities and churches to respond.f Projects

Types of Projects

Projects may involve reuniting children with extended families; providing families for children through foster care or adoption; strengthening child-headed households; small community or "village"-based group homes; day care programs; drop-in centers; community or church support committees or orphan trusts.

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Cycle of Trauma

Affected children enter into a “cycle of trauma” that moves from immediate crisis and risk of death to long-term loss and chronic trauma and exploitation. The further a child progresses in this cycle, the more difficult to restore healthy development. Therefore, LifeRise is most concerned with prevention of trauma for children, as well as early intervention. Our projects prevent and meet acute needs and facilitate a stable home situation. 

Holistic Services

LifeRise projects provide holistic care: spiritual care; food and nutrition; shelter and clothing; protection; health care; psychosocial support; education and vocational training; economic opportunity/strengthening.

Projects provide individualized services based on age, gender, stage of development, and household situation.

Family- and Community-based

In line with best practices shown to be most beneficial, LifeRise projects care for children in family and community settings rather than institutions like orphanages or large group homes. We believe this care is:

  • in accord with God’s design for family as the preferred way to raise children;
  • allows children to remain in their culture rather than an artificial environment;
  • more beneficial for child development;
  • healthier, as communicable diseases are not as readily spread;
  • less expensive and more sustainable.
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