This project has the objective of facilitating access to education for approx. 150 complete orphans in Western Kenya in primary school age. The children who have been selected for the project live in children families, meaning they grow up without mother and father or another grown-up as a guardian. They will be provided with basic needs and health care in order to enable them to attend school regularly and receive counseling and care in order to determine their most urgent needs.
In Western Kenya, HIV prevalence rates are particularly high, rising up to more 20% at times. Of the 42% of Kenyas population, who live below the poverty line, 70% live in rural areas in central and western Kenya. This leaves a high amount of complete orphans. They often dont attend school due to malnutrition or health problems. But without an education they enter the dwindling spiral of poverty and with little or no chance to escape or shape their own future.
A team of social workers and community members will regularly visit the children, offer guidance, keep track of their most basic needs and provide access to health care. At the same time they will stay in touch with teachers and siblings in order to oversee school attendance and determine fators that prevent the children from going to school. According to their needs those children will be provided with food and medicine in order to make sure that they are able to perform well in school.
This project will facilitate access to education, counseling and helath care for approx. 150 children, thus allowing them to escape poverty and providing them with the agency to shape their lives autonomously. Education is a major precondition for development and economic growth, which has the potential to lift whole communities out of poverty. Moreover, statistic evidence shows, that educated parents are more likely to send their own children to school.