Health—General & Rehabilitative

Keep a Child Alive

Committed to the end of AIDS

aka KCA   |   New York, NY   |  www.keepachildalive.org

Mission

To realize the end of AIDS for children and their families, by combating the physical, social and economic impacts of HIV.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Mr. Antonio Ruiz-Gimenez Jr.

Main address

17 State St Suite 2100

New York, NY 10004 USA

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EIN

73-1682844

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Health Support Services (E60)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Bhavishya Project

In July 2013, with funding from Cartier Charitable Foundation, Keep a Child Alive (KCA) started implementing The Bhavishya (Sanskrit for "looking towards the future”) Project in Pune, India, building on and expanding our work with Sahara Aalhad (since 2010). Using an innovative, integrated approach to health care and economic empowerment, Bhavishya’s goal is to improve the health and social and economic wellbeing of women, children, and families affected by HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and poverty. Since July 1, 2013, Bhavishya has provided direct care and support services to over 1,000 clients. Through Bhavishya’s larger community outreach and mobilization activities, navigation and accompaniment activities at government hospitals, and economic empowerment of women and youth, the Project has reached approximately 3,500 vulnerable adults, young people, and children living with and/or affected by HIV.

Population(s) Served
Females
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$456,742

AIDS Research and Family Care Clinics Trust of Kenya (The Trust), which includes the Family Care Clinic and Youth Zone began in 2001 as a pilot program at Coast General Hospital, led by renowned pediatric HIV expert, Dr. Shaffiq Essajee. This was at a time when most experts thought HIV treatment would not work for kids in Africa. The Trust provides clinical and support services to children and youth living with HIV and their families. The Trust became the inspiration for Keep a Child Alive’s work and the early success of the "Mombasa Model,” as it’s known, proved that "keeping a child alive” was not only a moral imperative, but an ideal that was entirely possible. The Trust continues to be a model pediatric, and now youth - as children kept alive over the years grow into adolescents - HIV care and treatment program in Kenya and around the world.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$54,700

Women’s Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx) was founded in the wake of the 1994 genocide, where an estimated 250,000 women experienced rape, torture, and numerous forms of violence. During this time, many women contracted HIV. In 2003, as HIV treatment started becoming available in Rwanda, female genocide survivors living with HIV were outraged to know that their perpetrators were able to access ART in prisons, but that they were not. WE-ACTx was created in 2004 to mobilize resources to help women living with HIV exercise their right to access ART. A decade since its founding, WE-ACTx has grown to support clients at 2 comprehensive clinics in Kigali. WE-ACTx for HOPE is now a locally registered NGO in Rwanda, providing clients with comprehensive HIV care and treatment, psychosocial and mental health services, nutritional support, and skills training. WE-ACTx for HOPE is committed to providing youth-friendly HIV services and engaging young people in the program as peer educators and clinic staff.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$228,066

Situated in Amanzimtoti, just outside of Durban, Operation Bobbi Bear is led by Jackie and Eureka, both deeply passionate and committed women who were outraged by the alarmingly high rates of sexual violence and abuse targeted at children in their community. Bobbi Bear works on behalf of children who have been sexually abused, violated, and neglected to ensure their health and wellbeing, minimize their risk of HIV infection, and, the organization fights relentlessly to see that their perpetrators are brought to justice. Bobbi Bear serves vulnerable and abused children through its rescue, outreach, and awareness raising programs, including education and sensitization on sexual abuse in local schools, with police, and community groups. Their signature "Bobbi Bear,” a stuffed Bear on which children can draw and use to describe their abuse, has been court-approved across South Africa and has helped thousands of children to tell their stories.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$89,573

The Alive Medical Services clinic is located in Namuwongo, one of the poorest and most crowded urban areas in Kampala. The clinic’s humble beginnings with 6 clients a decade ago, to its current work serving nearly 12,000 clients, is proof that the need for quality HIV care continues in Uganda. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, the clinic stands as a beacon of hope for residents of Namuwongo - and far beyond. Alive is deeply rooted in the community and has gained their trust because of the respect and love the staff show to each and every person that comes through the clinic’s doors. Alive offers a range of holistic services to its clients: HIV counseling and testing, HIV care and ART, prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, general medical care, psychosocial support and counseling, family planning, early infant HIV diagnosis and other lab tests, and support groups, including the increasingly popular Victor’s Club for young people.

Population(s) Served
Families
Budget
$923,459

Ikageng Itireleng AIDS Ministry, under the leadership of "Mum Carol,” a fierce advocate for children’s rights in South Africa, provides services and support to vulnerable children and young people in Soweto. Many of Ikageng’s clients have been orphaned by, or are otherwise affected by AIDS; many live in child-headed households, where they are forced at an early age to take on the role of parent and look after their younger siblings. Some of Ikageng’s children play caregiver to a terminally ill parent, or live with a grandparent who struggles to get by on the small pension provided by the government. Ikageng’s holistic approach connects children to the food, clothing, schooling, health care, life-skills training, and psychosocial support services to keep them in their community and give them the boost they need to not only survive, but to thrive.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$89,321

The Blue Roof Wellness Centre in Wentworth, Durban, is a warm space built by KCA co-founder Alicia Keys, with generous support from the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The clinic is situated in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the province with the highest HIV prevalence in the world (37.4%), to ensure that people living with HIV have access to comprehensive, dignified care and treatment. Blue Roof provides high-quality HIV care and treatment to children and families, HIV testing and counseling at the clinic and via community outreach, tuberculosis and cervical cancer screening, psychosocial and adherence support, and delicious, hot meals to each client.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$379,768

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2015

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people the organization delivered antiretroviral medicines to treat HIV

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years),Adolescents (13-19 years),Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect the number of people on ART medication in our sites in Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, and India.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Youth is defined as young people ages 10-24 for this metric.

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

KCA is committed to fighting HIV & AIDS on the front lines, addressing the critical components necessary to support successful, life-long HIV treatment. This includes comprehensive clinical care, nutritious food and psychosocial support that is delivered with compassion, dignity and respect.

Currently, there are 36.9 million people are living with HIV today, with 2 million new infections in 2014 alone. And 41% of those people are unable to access the treatment they need. KCA provides financial and programmatic support to 9 grassroots programs in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa and India, serving 150,000 people annually. KCA utilizes a community-based approach, who are able to reach the places hardest hit by the epidemic. Our partners know what their communities need and can nimbly respond to the complex and changing situation on the ground. They not only provide comprehensive clinical care - but also tackle head-on the social inequities that fuel this epidemic, such as poverty, discrimination, isolation, and violence against children and women.

KCA develops annual work plans both internally and with our partners to create annual programmatic, financial and strategic goals for the coming year. These individualized work plans provide the opportunity for both partners and departments to create goals that are reflective of their respective work in conjunction with the mission and goals of the organization as a whole.

KCA carefully tracks our impact through a variety of measures. This includes tracking quarterly goals within each work plan that are aimed at achieving the overall priorities for both the teams and partners. Our partners are also responsible for submitting quarterly data to enable metrics to be tracked. <br/><br/>Furthermore, the Board of Directors receives financial updates and the work plans in order to ensure the organization is effectively making progress toward these goals.

KCA is constantly striving to extend its reach. There are 15 million people receiving HIV medication, which is saving their lives. However, 41% of people living with HIV are unable to access the treatment they need. HIV is intrinsically linked to issues of poverty, poor health and diet, gender inequality, and lack of education. Stigma and discrimination also present a significant barrier to people accessing healthcare services. The medicines people need to live healthy, productive and fulfilling lives exist, we just need the resources to do so. KCA will continue to promote awareness, develop relationships and grow our programs to impact this disease and see an end to AIDS.

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Keep a Child Alive

Board of directors
as of 4/3/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Antonio Ruiz-Gimenez

Co-founder ATW Partners

Nicole David

Evan Vogel

Night Agency

David Wirtschafter

William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Antonio Ruiz-Gimenez

PVBLIC Foundation

Kerry Propper

Chardan

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/03/2020

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Keywords

HIV, AIDS, children, Africa, treatment, medicine