Portrait of a smiling school boy. Photo by Rob Hammond

Who We Are

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV /AIDS and poverty.

Our Approach

We work with dedicated and innovative community leaders and organizations to build, strengthen, and sustain the services and systems that care for children.

Our Impact

We reach over 600,000 children and their caregivers annually across six countries in sub-Saharan Africa. We work with more than 90 local organizations, clinics, and local and national governments in Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

Gloria, one of the trainers talks to a DREAMS group

Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda

The Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda project critical HIV and social protection services to 15,000 families and 90,000 children across 20 districts in eastern and northern Uganda.

Smiling girls

DREAMS Initiative: Zimbabwe

DREAMS Initiative provides economic resilience and opportunities for girls, layered with HIV prevention, sexual reproductive health, gender-based violence, and life skills.

Kids in school

HIV Prevention Life Skills Education in Secondary Schools (LSE)

The eSwatini LSE Program delivers a national, HIV-focused Life Skills Education (LSE) Curriculum in all secondary schools throughout the country, reaching over 100,000 students annually with critical HIV and life skills education.

We’ve launched a new website!

We are happy to announce the launch of our new website! When creating the new site, we made sure that it would provide a clear representation of who we are and where our values lie when working to develop and implement sustainable programs. We wanted to feature more of our beneficiaries and their stories. We’ve also introduced some new content, like an expanded resources page as well as a blog where we will be posting some of our favorite success stories and updates on what is happening within the Bantwana Initiative.

We are very proud of this website, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do while you’re getting to learn more about our programs!

Community Volunteer Voices

Community volunteers are trained by the Força à Comunidade e Crianças (Community and Child Strengthening) project to play an integral role in linking beneficiaries with services to meet their needs. FCC’s impact would not be possible without the help of community volunteers.

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The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018)

At the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018), Bantwana remained at the forefront of global discussion with posters and presentations on priority issues including pediatric case finding and evidence-based models of integrated social protection and clinical services across the HIV continuum of care. Our Uganda and Zimbabwe teams presented on pediatric case findings, ECS interventions for HIV exposed children and Caring for OVC Living with and Affected by HIV.

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