About

Who we are

The Power of Love Foundation is a US non-profit organization founded in 2002 by three friends; Suresh Subramanian, Alka Subramanian, and Ellen Furnari. The founders left their jobs in business and academia to build an innovative community-based approach to combat HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Since then, the work that began in the slums of Kenya and Zambia has expanded to India and, along with HIV, to the urgent issues of women’s health and responding to the devastating health impacts of climate change on slum residents.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission: 

To build strong and vibrant communities by delivering innovative healthcare solutions and empowering women 

Our Vision:  

In our vision, slums, and poor communities cease to be pockets of neglect; they transform into vibrant, resilient communities. We see a world where Health Flourishes, Safe Spaces Emerge, Education Empowers, and Maternal and Child Well-Being prevails. 

In our envisioned community, women stand at the heart of progress. We see a future where women are not just participants; they are economic architects, and every woman has access to resources, training, and mentorship to build her future. 

In this vision, slums cease to be forgotten corners; they emerge as vibrant ecosystems where health, safety, and women’s rights intersect.


How Successful is Our HIV-Prevention Program at Building Sustainable and Healthy Communities?

  • Survival rates of 95% for HIV-infected children, and an overall improvement in their health measured by weight gain, reduced number of ancillary infections, and an increase in CD4 counts. As a result of their improved health, all school-age children are in school and learning.
  • Over the last six years,100% of children born to HIV+ moms were HIV-free. To date, out of a total of 35 children, 34 were born HIV free even though they have HIV+ moms and older siblings.  
  • Loan repayment rates are above 90%. This is extraordinary, given the difficult circumstances faced by our loan recipients. In addition, most loan recipients start saving a small amount each week, understand the importance of keeping children in school, and are confident about their future.
  • As a result of our malaria prevention program, we are seeing a reduced incidence of malaria and improved knowledge about malaria prevention. As the children improve in health, school attendance and performance goes up.

Over a Decade of Building Strong Communities Through Health, Education, and Care for HIV+ Children 

Over the last 20+ years of work, we have developed a highly cost-effective way to prevent children from being born HIV-positive. For the HIV+ children in our care, we have put in place a highly effective way to let them live close to normal lives for pennies per day. At this time we have 350 HIV+ children and their families in our care. Our comprehensive program includes pediatric HIV care, microloans for caregiversmalaria prevention and education, and educational games and activities programs.  

We believe that:

  • New HIV infections can be prevented; 
  • Children living with HIV can lead close to normal lives; and
  • A comprehensive program that reaches and helps a family in multiple ways can lead to family sustainability. 

Our Arms Reach Care (ARC) model of care for HIV-positive children was developed through partnerships with MIT and the Harvard School of Public Health and, by utilizing best-practices from the world of business. We are thrilled as our pediatric HIV care program just hit a major milestone. Over the last 20 years, of the over 1500 children with HIV that we have cared for until they were age 18, only 20 have died. While we grieve every loss and work hard to prevent any more, this survival rate exceeds published public health results by a factor of 5X. We have presented our model at global conferences and share our approach readily with others in the field. 

Our programs focus on health, education, and economic stability by providing the following:  

Targeting Education

  • Prevention of HIV via education and treatment,
  • Providing HIV and AIDS education via our Safe Parks Program, and 
  • Schooling support for the HIV infected children.

Targeting Health

  • PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission) programs for expecting mothers,
  • Training family members in caring for an HIV+ child, and in HIV care and prevention, 
  • Provision of mosquito bed nets and education on malaria prevention,
  • Monitoring and training in adherence to medication,
  • Weekly health check-ups for HIV positive children, and
  • Psycho-social counseling for the HIV+ children and their families.

Targeting Economic Stability

  • Provision and business training and loans to first time women entrepreneurs, 
  • Provision of business mentoring and advice to women entrepreneurs, and
  • Education in income generating activities. 

With your support we can turn back the AIDS epidemic. We know how to deliver the solution in a loving and cost-effective way.