Chicago Friends of WE-ACTx - Rwanda

Rwandan woman and childThis pooled fund at Crossroads Fund benefits the work of Women's Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx) in Rwanda. An international grassroots nonprofit initiative launched in fall 2003 by frontline AIDS physicians, activists and researchers, WE-ACTx began working in Rwanda in early 2004 in response to an urgent request for help from networks of Rwandan widows and genocidal rape survivors. 250,000 Rwandan women were raped during the 1994 genocide. An estimated 60 to 70% of them are HIV-positive, some deliberately exposed to HIV as a “slow poison.” When WE-ACTx began working in Rwanda, only a few dozen of these women had access to antiretroviral treatments.

Today WE-ACTx serves thousands of Rwandan women and children through three clinics in Kigali, the nation's capitol. The WE-ACTx program provides testing, health care and counseling for adults and children, as well as food, transportation, income generation and other needed social services, all free of cost.

More information:
Visit WE-ACTx's website.
Chicago Tribune Magazine article about WE-ACTx and Dr. Mardge Cohen
Journal of American Medicine Association article
Ribbons for Rwanda Project - buy a scarf or purse and support WE-ACTx.

To support this important work, donate now! Please write "WE-ACTx Rwanda" in the Comments or Questions box of our online donation form.

About this Pooled Fund
In fall 2004, Crossroads Fund offered to assist Dr. Mardge Cohen and WE-ACTx in creating a pooled fund to support their important work. Since that time, Crossroads Fund has provided administrative and fundraising support for the pooled fund.

Continuing a Tradition of Supporting AIDS Activism
Since our founding in 1981, Crossroads Fund has been an early funder of groups involved in HIV and AIDS activism and education. Groups we have supported include ACT-UP Chicago, Chicago for AIDS Rights (C-FAR), Chicago Women's AIDS Project, Chicago Women's Health Center, Hispanic AIDS Network, Women's Health Education Project, Pathfinders Prevention and Education Fund, Coalition for Positive Sexuality, Transgenesis and the Kupona Network.