Brian is a 15-year old boy from the Bangladesh area of Mombasa, Kenya. He has four sisters and is attending the clinic at Mikindani. His mother [Benta] is a widow also a client in Mikindani. Besides that, she is a community health volunteer worker who assists the office in home-based care services at the village level. This is quite commendable because she doesn't earn anything for this service, but is impacting the lives of many due to her selflessness. She is also a day laborer, working at a small,l local beauty shop.
Brian has been in the program for over 5 years now and is taking anti-retroviral (ARV) medicine. He is now in class 8 this year and will be sitting for his end of primary education examination.It’s our hope that he will perform well and join secondary school next year.
He’s an active pupil in school and also in the senior youth support group at the clinic and has benefitted with education on stigma, disclosure, prevention with positives, and counseling services. He’s taking his ARVs well and without any problem. In nutrition, his mother has benefitted with knowledge on food preparation and handling and in the use of the available foods . Due to their very low income, this family always receives porridge flour to supplement their diet.
In terms of education, Brian has been receiving uniforms and shoes and this year his school remedial dues were paid in full! This has enabled him to remain in school and he really appreciates the support. His performance hasbeen pleasing and he is putting more efforts in his studies.
Thank you for supporting children with Brian, giving them a way out of poverty and into hope.
It is so neat to find children who think of others before thinking of themselves. During this past holiday season, a group of 6 and 7 year old kids got together to create hygiene and school supply kits for children in Mombasa, Kenya. Each hygiene kit contains items such as: shampoo, a towel, nail clippers, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. The school supply kits container items such as notebooks, pencils, pens, scissors, a ruler, glue, crayons, etc.
What was so beautiful about the children making the kits is that they did it selflessly, purchasing items using their little savings, tooth fairy money and allowance money. They shopped with their parents and proudly brought all their donations to a Christmas party where they played games and ate cupcakes prior to filling bags. As they filled the bags, it was neat hearing them talk about what they were grateful for: parents, schools, toys, water, electricity, and food. Helping other children certainly made helped them concentrate on what they were grateful for!
The kids in the pictures here are some of the ones who will be receiving these kits - as orphans, they value this type of gift very much, as they don't have a way to purchase the items themselves. Thanks for all the kids who decided to share of themselves during the holidays to help others!
The end of the year is almost here! Yet, in January, thousands of Kenyan children will start a new school year, as their year runs on a differen calendar than ours. They schooling is from January through November. AFCA has sent tons of school bags with school supplies and the children will be receiving them on January 5th, when the container arrives in Kenya.
But, for every child we help with an education, there is another who is waiting for the chance to get to school. If you'd like to make a child's dream come true, make a donation today and help us help a child on your behalf. A donation of $100 will enable a child to attend school for the entire year, while $30 will provide for a uniform, shoes, and the books they need. Together, we CAN make a difference in the lives of little ones who just dream of a future as a nurse, a doctor, a taxi driver, and/or a teacher. Without schooling, those dreams are dashed.
Please consider helping our kiddos.
On their behalf,
While children in Mombasa, Kenya, continue studying thank to donors like you, they also receive book bags complete with pencils, pens, erasers, sharpener, ruler, notebooks, file folders, scissors, and glue.
Yes, there is a an 84 year old lady who makes the cutes book bags for the kids and she donates them to AFCA. Then we have people who take advantage of the great school supply sales that happen in July and they go buy Walmart and Target out of the things I mentioned above. Everything is brought to our warehouse where other volunteers complete the bags and pack them up for shipment to any of our programs where orphaned children are finding it hard to afford their school supplies at the beginning of the school year.
The kids get so excited to receive this simple gift, but they know that without it, they would not be admitted to school. Also, without uniforms or school shoes, they cannot get in. Therefore, not only do you help pay school fees, you also help cover the costs of these uniforms and shoes. What a gift!
Children in Mombasa, Kenya, despite the tough economic times in their country, continue to attend school. This is possible due to the donations we receive from generous donors, through GlobalGiving and other venues. Over 51 children are supported through this small program in Mombasa and they come from all 9 districts in the Mikindani area. Each child has a story to tell - a story of destitution, hopelesness and work. Then, their story changes to one of hope, opportunity and dreams. Thank you for making their dreams become reality!
We are thrilled to hear of Karren, who is now attending Univerisity, as well as Donel, the little girl who attends Primary School. All are so precious and all need this chance at education so that they can move forward with their lives and learning, helping them become useful members of society upon reaching adulthood.
On behalf of each child you help,
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