Children have no choice where they are born and when you are born into a Zambian family the chances of losing your parents at an early sage are very high. The HIV and AIDS in Zambia pandemic has infected or affected almost every family. One in six adults have the HIV virus and 710,000 children have been left orphaned. What happens to these orphans? The luckier ones have family members who look after them, others have guardians, while the unlucky ones who have lost everyone close to them, have to fend for themselves. Many of the have to drop out of school as they can no longer afford the school fees and need to earn money to buy food.
The Butterfly Tree orphan education sponsorship program has given hope to almost 400 children and the numbers are rising. Last month an association in Australia - the Mukuni Village Inc. generously offered to sponsor twenty orphans in addition to the 30 they sponsored last year. This has given the program a huge boost. We have many donors sponsoring between one and ten orphans, some have been with us since 2006 coming from several different countries. We are extremely grateful for this support and hope that this continues as we need many more people to sponsor an orphan.
Virtually all of our projects in education, health and community work are for the benefit of these vulnerable children. By offering them a chance to go to school, eat a nutritious meal and drink safe, clean water they have a chance in life. Education is the most important aspect of an orphan’s life. Our aim is to get as many of these orphans back into education as possible and to build classrooms in areas where there are no schools. Ten schools in the Mukuni Chiefdom are receiving our support and it is hoped, funds permitting, that we can develop schools in the Musokotwane Chiefdom in 2011.
In December we had our first school leavers after completing their A levels at the high school built by the charity. Although unemployment is extremely high one young man who had been on our orphan sonsorship program secured a job with Sun International. Victor Simango works as a security officer at the Zambezi Sun Hotel alongside the Victoria Falls and is very grateful to his sponsor who gave him the chance to improve his situation. Help us to help more of these vulnerable children.
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