Furaha is from the Jomvu area in Miritini station and is aged 13 years and is in class 6 at Kwa Jomvu Primary School, thanks to you. She has 4 brothers as follows; Charo who was trained by the AIDS orphans project as a mechanic and is looking for job. John – dropped out of school last year in class 4. Jumaa who is in class 2 at the same school with Furaha and Joshua, who is in class 1 at Nuru Academy. The 2 sisters are Tabu who is married and Asha who is in class 2 in the same school with Furaha.
Furaha is HIV positive and taking her drugs from Mikindani Clinic (supported by AFCA) .Her mother Jumwa Katana is a widow and is also attending clinic at Mikindani because she is HIV+ as well.
Furaha has been very active in the senior kids support group at the clinic. She has benefitted with education given in the group like adherence, disclosure and personal health .She keeps herself neat and her work is organized. Heradherence is also good and she has disclosed her status to her family members at large. Her school attendance has been quite well and her performance also. Early this year her remedial dues were paid and her family was happy about it. The teachers are helping her to catch up with the hard subjects so that she can perform well in the exams. Her family is staying in their own house and has benefitted with trainings on nutrition, education on minor illnesses and how to maintain their environment. They were provided with mosquito nets to prevent themselves from malaria.
Furaha would not have a future were it not for AFCA and donors who've taken her on and who've helped her get back to school. With little income, Furaha's mom could not afford to send all her children to school, so the gift of education is huge for Furaha. This is why she takes her classes serioulsy and why she is determined to excel. Watch out for her - she is going to do something amazing one day!
I first met Benson seven years ago, when he was 11 years old. Now, a young man of 18, he has finished high school and is aiming to attend classes so he can become a mechanic. I am so very, very proud of Benson! He is HIV+, but has never allowed that diagnosis to stop him from achieving his dreams.
We sat down together this summer to chat about dreams and aspirations. We were in his house in a corner of a slum in Kenya. There, he smiled and told me that he is good with his hands and that he can fix just about anything. He wants to put that ability to work as a mechanic so he can earn some money to support himself. He dreams of owning his own place one day, of getting married, of getting out of the slums. He quickly told me that he doesn't want to marry anytime soon, though...he knows that will slow him down at this time and he simply wants to be responsible and to have a little money saved before he makes a commitment of that type.
The reason I am telling you about Benson is that he finished school thanks to you and your donations. He is looking forward to a good future as an educated young man because of you.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
We can't say that enough, as you've just changed the course of a person's history!
On Benson's behalf,
I am so excited to announce that a new family will receive help with school fees, uniforms, shoes, books and a school bag for each child. These children below to Penina Mwende and they are so excited that they have been selected to receive this aid. It really is amazing to me that children get so happy to have the opportunity to attend school, something we take for granted in USA.
Another child (Sharlet) will be able to attend school, too, because her school fees will be caught up when AFCA, through generous donors like you, sends the funds needed to clear her account. Her mother works and is struggling to pay her fees, which is fabulous. With this little help, we'll catch her up and Sharlet can remain in school, learning and dreaming of becoming a teacher.
Thank you, friends, for your continued support of these little ones!
On October 17th, all donations made through this website will be matched at 30%! Please make a donation to help these children and we'll add more kids to the list of those who receive help with school fees.
Thanks for being part of what we do!
Dear friends,One of the photos taken by the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) has been selected as a finalist in a contest hosted by Global Giving. Here is the link where you can vote for our photo http://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=21/. I took this photo while in Zimbabwe during a goat distribution to grandmothers who are raising AIDS orphans.The photo which receives the most votes by noon on August 15th will win $1000 for the organization from GG, plus $3000 extra in matching grants we've been pledged AND it will be highlighted on the Global Giving home page, which opens us up to many more donations. Voting starts on August 1 at noon EST, so we must get ready to vote and to ask others to vote as well.Only one vote will be accepted per email address, so voting more than once from the same email address does not count. Please send out emails and post on social media as soon as you can. Think creatively, too. You can take your laptop to a café and you can ask people to vote for us right then and there. Or, take your smartphone to work and ask all of your colleagues to vote.On behalf of the kids,tanya
Edna couldn't be happier about going to school. She even wrote a note to donors to thank them for allowing her to realize a dream. She has set a goal for herself, so that she gets good grades and can graduate with a future. She wants you all to be as proud of her as we are. Thank you for giving her this hope! Thank you for caring for children like Edna, who wouldn't have a chance at school without you.
I saw Edna just one month ago and she is doing great. She is happy and she has grown since the last time I saw her. I told her that one day, I'll get to see her going off to the university and I will cry of happiness. Shyly, she said, "me, too."
Until that day arrives, let's keep giving the kids in this program what they need to get through these years of uncertainty...school fees, food, medicine, training, and a vision of a future that looks promising.
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