HVU is supporting a number of orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) in the region to pursue their primary and secondary education. We believe that with the proper education the children will grow to attain a profession or a skill that will help them sustain themselves and their families which are in much need of their support.
Our OVCs in need of support for eduction:
What makes them vulnerable?
All except one are lost both parents due to HIV/AIDS endemic.
Though they are not HIV positive, their other siblings are HIV positive and are receiving treatment (ART) and as such the care burden and treatment needs have stretched the families’ socioeconomic well-being, with education now being considered a second priority to spend on.
The care takers for these OVCs are themselves living with HIV and receiving care and treatment
Justification for support on educational fees:
Need opportunity for education attainment so that they can in future have improved life for themselves and also be able to contribute to the well being of their siblings especially those with HIV.
Helping them with examination fees will enable them to sit examinations and advance to another education level and thus keep in school which in turn helps to reduce the trauma and social stigma that is usually suffered by orphaned children.
Similarly by getting chance to remain in school, these young people are able to keep focused on education and thus avoid the sociocultural environment/circumstances that make them vulnerable to HIV infection
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