For just $250 a year, you can make sure that Recheal Kirungi, a Nyaka Primary 6 student, can continue receiving her education. Recheal is 13 years old. She loves math class, and her goal this year is to get the top grades in her class!
Uganda has the highest number of HIV/AIDS orphans in the world, and the majority live in impoverished circumstances. Families usually send boys to school first, opting to keep girls at home to work and save money on school fees. Without an education, the girls will continue to be ensnared by the cycle of poverty. Although all of our students, including Recheal, are orphans living in similar circumstances, they have been given the opportunity to receive free high-quality education.
When you support Recheal, you are ensuring that she will have access to free high-quality education, as well as nutritious school meals and clean water. Many studies show a connection between HIV/AIDS prevention and education, so it is imperative that our students receive as much schooling as possible. Recheal, like our other students, understands that education is the key to a better life for her, her family, and her community! She works hard every day in school to achieve her goals.
Having an education will allow our female students to break out of the cycle of poverty, and create opportunities for themselves. They will be less vulnerable to human trafficking, or getting lured into the city for low-wage jobs, because they have other options to pursue. They will be less susceptible to diseases, especially HIV/AIDS, and less prone to early pregnancy. Instead, they will have the chance to take advantage of the opportunity to graduate and attend university.