This is a momentous year for AID FOR AIDS: it marks the 25th anniversary of the organization! We have come a long way since our founding in 1996: our HIV Medicine Recycling program is now the largest of its kind in the US, having recycled over $160 million worth of HIV medicines. Over the last 25 years we have kept more than 20,000 people with HIV in treatment across 70 countries and reached more than 1 million youth with HIV prevention, empowerment and leadership tools. We have responded with innovative solutions to complex social problems in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Adding to our achievements, we welcomed our sister organization, AID FOR LIFE, to expand our mission and address food insecurity and access to health services in vulnerable communities in NYC, Latin America and the Caribbean. As the saying goes, change is the only constant and we are proud to have evolved with time. Developing innovative programs to serve vulnerable communities is our primary strength and priority: the context varies and the need for support remains the same.
Our 25th anniversary has prompted me to reflect on our long journey, its ups and downs and the importance for our mission and programs to inspire a true transformation while building a social awareness legacy. Our story is marked by the thousands of people who have gotten involved with the organization through the years: all the extraordinary people that have served the board of Directors since its founding, staff, supporters, partners, team members and colleagues. As we look into the future, I hope we can continue nurturing a sense of responsibility and belonging and will continue to make the changes we want to see in the world for many more years to come.
I invite you to join us in celebrating 25 years of saving lives one by one, 25 years of hope!