Health:
Fighting AIDS
in Lesotho

25% of the population
in Lesotho
are HIV positive

Homes:
Supporting
Orphans

200,000 children
in Lesotho
are without parents

Jobs:
Helping
Businesses

34% of youth between 15-35
in Lesotho
face unemployment (UNDP)

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Welcome to
Bracelet of Hope!

Bracelet of Hope is a Canadian grassroots charity committed to ending the AIDS pandemic in Lesotho, and by doing so, saving its 200,000 children who have been orphaned by the death of their parents to this disease.


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We promote health for all by providing safe foster homes for orphaned children and by working with local community groups to help those left behind earn a living for themselves and their children.


We are striving for one country, AIDS-free. And if one country can become AIDS-free, then why not the world?



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Health

Lesotho is a small country of two million with an HIV prevalence rate of 23.8 percent, about one in every four people. Working together with Basotho organisations on the front lines of the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Bracelet of Hope's newest goal is to establish a wellness centre clinic in Lesotho to provide holistic and comprehensive care to those infected with HIV and their families. We hope that this centre will serve as a model for future centres throughout the country.

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Homes

Because so many people have died from AIDS in Lesotho, there are around 200,000 children who have lost one or both parents. Normally, family members care for children when their parents cannot but with so many orphans traditional support systems are being stretched.

Bracelet of Hope is working with some very remarkable Basotho leaders who are finding ways to care for AIDS orphans and enable them to stay in their own communities.

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Jobs

We know that there is a close interrelationship between poverty and HIV/AIDS. Our work includes helping those affected to make a living so that they have the food, the transportation, and the medicines to effectively treat the virus.

For the second year in a row, our Business-to-Business group travelled to Lesotho in October to help local business with workshops and mentoring. Our goal is to help connect local business owners with Lesotho business owners in a mutually rewarding spirit of co-operation.

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Anne-Marie Zajdlik, Founder of Bracelet of Hope

Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik is a family physician and regional HIV specialist. She is the Founder and Director of the ARCH clinic, a provincially funded HIV/AIDS clinic in Guelph with a satellite clinic in Waterloo.

Dr. Zajdlik is the founding director of Bracelet of Hope, a charitable community based organization that raises awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub Saharan Africa and funds for HIV/AIDS relief in Lesotho, Africa.

She is a previous board member of the Ontario Hospital Association’s OHAfrica project and member of the OHAfrica Canadian Medical Team that helped open the first HIV/AIDS clinic in Lesotho. The Bracelet of Hope Campaign raised $1 million for the Tsepong Clinic in Lesotho, providing the funding necessary for the clinic’s 2009 operating costs.

Anne-Marie is a recipient of the YMCA’s Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement award, Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Guelph, the Nestor Yanga Physician of the year award in 2009 and the Guelph Mercury’s Female Newsmaker of the year in 2005. She was inducted into the McMaster University Alumnae Gallery in 2011. She is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and received the Order of Ontario in 2010.

It is Dr. Zajdlik’s life work to see the end of AIDS in Lesotho, Africa.

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