Angels of Hope

Free medical clinics for orphaned children in Uganda

MetroWest Resident Named Finalist in National Volvo for Life Awards Competition

Angels of Hope charity founder recognized for her work with Ugandan orphans - also planning mid-March visit to expand facilities

Fay DeAvignon, Natick resident and founder of the international charity, Angels of Hope, has been designated a “hero” in the 4th Annual Volvo for Life Award competition. This national competition recognizes everyday heroes who are committed to helping others.   Judges include Paul Newman, Hank Aaron, Sally Ride and Caroline Kennedy.  Winners will be announced April12, 2006 in New York City.  DeAvignon was chosen as a finalist from over 4,000 entries.  These awards are sponsored by Volvo Cars of North America. 

DeAvignon founded Angels of Hope in 2002, after visiting Uganda.  This visit was the result of her deep friendship with Regina, a Ugandan woman who cared for DeAvignon’s mother as she slowly succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease.  Upon visiting this African country, DeAvignon was confronted with the devastating effects of both a civil war that has raged for 19 years and the AIDS pandemic.  She saw children with no hope for a life beyond a few pain-filled years.  Of the 2.4 million orphans in Uganda today, 1.7 million lost their parents to this disease 

What started out as clothing and vitamin drive quickly evolved into Angels of Hope.  This charity has founded four free clinics run by local registered nurses, with doctors on-call as needed.  To serve older patients at the remotest villages, the nurses travel by motor scooter to bring them much-needed medical care.  “What I try to do is provide the people of Uganda with their own opportunity to make a difference,” says DeAvignon.  

To date, over 6,000 children and adults have been cared for at these clinics.  “They do everything – deliver babies, care for people with malaria and tuberculosis, tend to those with secondary infections due to AIDS – whatever needs to be done,” says DeAvignon. 

Funding for Angels of Hope comes solely from donations.  The United States staff serves on a voluntary basis.  DeAvignon devotes herself full-time to the charity.  She plans to return to Uganda in mid-March to make preparations for opening a birthing center for women with AIDS.  Women infected with the virus often transmit it to their infants during birth.  It’s DeAvignon’s goal to break this tragic cycle by providing medicines, along with proper pre- and post-natal care, to dramatically reduce the incidence of AIDS transmission from mother to child.   She is currently seeking donations of children’s chewable vitamins, along with liquid acetaminophen for both children and infants.  These will be used to restock the clinics.  Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted.  Donations can be sent to Angels of Hope Inc., c/o Fay DeAvignon, 1 Michael Terrace, Natick, MA  01760. 

For more information on the Volvo for Life Awards please visit www.volvoforlifeawards.com.

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