Located in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, the Aids Care & Treatment Project provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. In recent years, its work has expanded to include those affected by tuberculosis.
Our network of churches has been a partner with the ACT Project for a number of years. Along with Abbot Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD, we send a team of medical and mental health professionals to work alongside the ACT Project for two weeks each February. If you’re interested in the ACT Project and partnering with it, please contact David Stancil.
Reflection Excerpt on past Mission Trip
Thank you for helping us fight the AIDS epidemic in Ethiopia! We worked with our global partner, the Ethiopia ACT (AIDS Care & Treatment) Project. The Ethiopia ACT Project has established its work among the sickest people in the poorest neighborhoods of Addis Ababa where the project provides physical, emotional, and spiritual care for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Along with Abbot Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD, we send a team of medical and mental health professionals and others every year to work alongside the Ethiopia ACT Project.
Like many previous trips, ours was a successful effort in pushing back against HIV/AIDS. Our team worked in four different neighborhoods – Suki, Lebu, Liddeta, and Hanna Mariam – primarily holding community clinics. Our medical team saw around 450 patients and our pastoral team held counseling sessions with nearly 150 people. We also made around 20 home visits to beneficiaries of the project, some who were unable to make it to the clinic. Our trip was also helpful in the church planting efforts of the Ethiopia ACT Project. The pastoral team led a bible study in Suki that 55 people attended.
Fekerte was one of the many women who attended the bible study in Suki. She is a beneficiary of the project. Fekerte got married when she was 9 years old, and she had her first child when she was 11 years old. She is a widow and most likely contracted HIV from her husband before he died. Now, she deals with constant physical pain. She has a mentally ill daughter, and she doesn’t have the income to stay in her house or to have food for her family. Like many others that we met in Addis Ababa, Fekerte showed our team what it looks like to have strength and joy in difficult circumstances. And our team was able to provide care for her and help with her fight against AIDS.
You helped hundreds of people in Ethiopia in their fight against AIDS with your financial contributions, your material donations, and your prayers. Thank you!