Dolls of Hope

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Cynthia Davis' Dolls of Hope

Cynthia Davis began the Dolls of Hope project as a World AIDS Day activity in 1998. This project involves volunteers making hand made cloth dolls for HIV/AIDS orphans and/or children, youth and women impacted by HIV/AIDS or in need. The Machao Orphanage Foundation has been given Davis' Dolls of Hope since 2010. When we informed Davis of our new partnership with Mama Sarah and the orphaned children of Kisumu, Kenya, Davis made sure to hold additional workshops so that these children would have a gift of love.

The Mama Sarah Obama Foundation - msof.org
The Mama Sarah Obama Foundation is the realization of a long-term dream of Mama Sarah Obama. With the AIDS epidemic ravaging sub-Sahara Africa in the last three decades and leaving many children without parents, Mama Sarah turned her attention to addressing the educational and welfare needs of orphans in the Kogelo village, Kisumu, Kenya. In 2009, the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation was formed.

The Mama Sarah Obama Foundation is a charitable nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the education and welfare of disenfranchised children in order to help them successfully achieve their goals and have a better future. Their vision is a world where children are nurtured and supported physically, educationally, and emotionally to thrive and succeed in life.

We, at the Machao Orphanage Foundation, are delighted to partner with Mama Sarah.

Mama Obama with Orphans

Dolls of Hope Project

Cynthia DavisAbout Cynthia Davis:
I am an Assistant Professor in the Medical Sciences Institute at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science which is located in Los Angeles, California. My job involves developing community-based HIV/AIDS-related education, risk reduction and HIV testing programs targeting at risk populations. It has been my privilege to help bring life saving HIV/AIDS medications to hundreds of thousands of poor, medically underserved populations throughout the world as well as HIV testing services to millions of at risk populations on a global basis.

A project close to my heart is the Dolls of Hope project which I started as a World AIDS Day activity in 1998. This project involves volunteers making hand made cloth dolls for HIV/AIDS orphans and/or children, youth and women impacted by HIV/AIDS or in need. I have conducted Dolls of Hope workshops around the world including Durban, South Africa, Bangkok, Thailand, Havana, Cuba and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Over 6,000 Dolls of Hope have been distributed nationally and globally to children and youth in need. These workshops have been used not only to make the dolls, but to educate women and youth about their risk for HIV infection and to “Break the Silence and Stigma” surrounding HIV/AIDS in affected communities; especially racial/ethnic minority communities.

We, at the Machao Orphanage Foundation, are blessed that Ms. Davis has conducted Dolls of Hope workshops on behalf of the children of MACHAO since 2010. Thank you!