FACE AIDS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aiming to mobilize and inspire students to fight AIDS in Africa, by building a broad-based movement of students seeking global health equality. Working with Partners In Health, the respected health care and social justice organization, FACE AIDS runs income-generating projects with HIV associations in the Kirehe District of eastern Rwanda.
These projects help members gain income by making beaded AIDS awareness pins. HIV association members place a portion of this income into a group savings account that eventually provides each association with startup capital for a sustainable small business, offering ongoing economic empowerment to the HIV association members. Students in FACE AIDS then distribute these pins in fundraising and awareness campaigns on campuses across the U.S. During these campaigns, FACE AIDS members spread a message of solidarity and social justice and inspire their peers to take action against global health inequity.
FACE AIDS donates 100% of student fund-raising proceeds, along with 1:1 matching grants from private donors, to Partners In Health in Rwanda to support comprehensive health care for pin makers and their communities. Since 2005, we have raised over $1.4 million to fight AIDS in Africa, and recruited over 150 chapters across the U.S.
Learn more at faceaids.org