Who we are

Positive Living
 through
AIDS orphan Support

We are a NGO for AIDS Orphans, founded by 7 Japanese university students in 2005. 
When our team visited Africa, they felt a strong duty to change the living conditions of the AIDS orphans that they had met, who were poor and discriminated. 
They therefore established PLAS, to help create a society where HIV positive people can feel positive about their future, and the supporters can also feel positively about their own lives through their work.
This is why our organisation is called PLAS; or ‘Positive Living through AIDS Orphan Support’.With such belief in our mind, we have been working for the AIDS orphans in Uganda and Kenya, through various challenges and developments along our journey.

Who are 'AIDS Orphans'?

We define ‘AIDS orphans’ as children aged under 18 who have lost either one or both of their parents due to AIDS.

An increasing number of actors are providing support for the medical care of AIDS/HIV patients; however, AIDS orphans are barely included as their target.

Today, there are approximately 16 million AIDS orphans across the globe, of which 83% are in Africa and 1 million are in Kenya and Uganda (AIDSinfo).

AIDS orphans suffer in a complex cycle of problems; not only do they have high health risks, but are also prone to social stigma and financial depression.
There is litle hope for the AIDS Orphans to have the self- determination to create their own future. 

So, what are the problems that AIDS orphans are facing?

The problems that AIDS orphans face is like a cycle of problems that interlink, creating a condition that is very hard to escape.
 

For instance, when a parent is infected with HIV, the child also holds high risks of getting infected.
Then, when the parent passes away due to AIDS, the orphan, even if he or she is not infected, is likely to be neglected and discriminated from the community that lack proper knowledge on AIDS. They also have to give up on education often times, either because of the discrimination or the financial constraints to substitute as the breadwinner of the family.
Such problems can have serious affects on their mental health, and can also prevent them from getting a stable job.

Therefore, AIDS orphans have little hope to escape from poverty, and the problems in their lives will be carried on to the following generation, constraining their lives in the same way.

What we do

PLAS is working to end this cycle of problems.

There are two issues that PLAS particularly focuses on:
・ Poverty
・ Awareness of the importance of the orphan’s education

We believe that, by focusing on these two, AIDS orphans can break free from the cycle of problems, and become capable of increasing self-determnation and self-realisation. 


Our current projects include...

Livelihood Improvement
Approach

Here, we provide single mothers with skills necessary to gain a sustainable financial suitability, and help with the initial investment to a new business they may start. We aim to make each individuals become more independent so that they have the life and financial skills to sustain their own lives.

So far, we supported restaurant style businesses, poultry farming, and agricultural farms. 

Life Planning Programme

This is a programme where local counsellors provide psychological support to children and parents.

Children are read books or provided with other active learning programmes, which are to lead the children think more about their future.Parents are provided with educational programmes on the development and growth of children, which is to help them understand the importance of child education. 

Life Planning Programme

This is a programme where local counsellors provide psychological support to children and parents.

Children are read books or provided with other active learning programmes, which are to lead the children think more about their future.Parents are provided with educational programmes on the development and growth of children, which is to help them understand the importance of child education. 

Through these two programmes, we believe that we can make the following changes necessary to achieve our goal of creating a society, where all AIDS orphans can increase self-determination and self-realisation. 

  • The ability to attend school
  • The ability to plan their future
  • To feel value in themselves
  • To have a healthy life
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Our achievements

Since the establishment of PLAS in 2005, we have run 15 projects, which has supported 1,377 individuals and 103 single mother families.
Our work is increasingly becoming recognised as well, leading us to be nominated in the Problem Solving Category of the Excellent NPO Award 2018.
Slowly yet firmly, we are working our way to creating a society where AIDS orphans can open the way to their future.

We have supported...

1,377
children
103
single mother families
26,780
individuals through education
26,780
individuals through education

The history of our work

2005-2009: School programmes for AIDS orphans

At the time when PLAS was founded, many AIDS orphans were prohibited from attending some public schools, due to severe social stigma. Thus, it was our first project to establish schools for such AIDS orphans, and also provide support in the operation of the schools. We were able to support 3 schools and build 11 buildings. Moreover, we have achieved to create a school that is used as a model school for AIDS orphans today. 

2010-2014: Educational programmes on the prevention of maternal-fetal transmission of AIDS

By this time, multiple educational programmes on AIDS were running in Uganda and Kenya. However, no programmes provided information on the prevention of maternal-fetal transmission. We saw that, by running such programmes, we could prevent the cycle of transmission. As a result, we educated around 20,000 individuals, and the number of a proper delivery of infants at medical faculties increased by 2.5 times, whilst improvements could not be measured anywhere else in which PLAS did not provide the programme.

2015- today: Livlihood Improvement Approach and Life Planning Support Programme

Today, there are more international organisation providing programmes on the education of maternal-fetal infection prevention. Thus, we have shifted our focus on issues that are yet to be covered by such actors, which is supporting the financial and psychological struggles of AIDS orphans and the single parents. Moreover, since 2018, we are introducing programmes to support young HIV patients, to help them gain skills to sustain their living.

How we ensure sustainable projects

Although we work for the AIDS orphans in Kenya and Uganda, our office is in Japan and only Japan.

This is a choice we have made according to our policy: support through 'creation' not 'provision'

We adopt a bottom-up appproach, finding and creating solutions together with local NGOs which know their people the best, rather than 'providing' a one-size-fits-all solution.

Moreover, this allows us to have equal leadership roles where the Japanese staff have no overarching power, which we believe is a way to maximise each party’s strengths.

‘For the positive living of everyone, regardless of the circumstances that they were born in’. 

With this in our mind,  we work everyday, from the far away land of Japan, to create a society where AIDS orphans can increase self-determination and self-realisation. No matter where we are, and no matter how little it may be, we can make a difference to the future of AIDS orphans. 

We would love for you to join, in making this difference.