Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention Inc. (RFHA) improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS through the power of Rotarians. RFFA mobilizes Rotarians and partners to provide care, nutrition, education, and life skills, thereby mitigating the consequences of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Rotarians For Family Health & Aids Prevention, Inc. (RFHA) was founded by Marion Bunch of The Rotary Club of Dunwoody, Georgia/USA. Marion brought a personal perspective to the battle against AIDS when she lost her son, Jerry, to this disease in 1994. Her action began in 1997 by forming a partnership with AID Atlanta (a local AIDS Service Organization) and creating an AIDS Awareness Program for Georgia’s middle and high school students which is still in operation today and has reached over 450,000 students.
Marion was invited to Africa in 2001 and made multiple important international contacts on that trip. Upon her return, she gained a reputation as a passionate speaker on the subject of HIV/AIDS throughout Rotary. In 2002, the RI President, Bhichai Rattakul, heard her speak and requested assistance in creating a plan "to help the victims of AIDS, especially the orphans and vulnerable children." Responding, Marion formed a multi-sectoral, public/private partnership called ANCHOR (Africa Network for Children Orphaned and at Risk). In 2004, the partnership obtained $8.1 Million USD for a five year grant to help provide care and support for 122,000 orphans in six African countries.
At the same time, the RI Board of Directors approved the formation of Rotarians For Family Health & Aids Prevention, Inc. (RFHA), a Rotarian Action Group of Rotary International. RFHA operates in accordance with Rotary International policy, but is not an agency of or controlled by Rotary International. RFHA is an independent 501©3 organization, and Rotary International is not liable for the activities of RFHA.