The young adults (ages 15-25) who attend Accordia's flagship Institute (IDI) in Uganda for HIV/AIDS treatment are predominantly from the low-socioeconomic segment of the urban population. Consequently, the lack of financial resources and health challenges often limit their educational aspirations. The Young Adult Scholarship Fund provides 45 members of this unique population the opportunity to pursue vocational studies and career development programs with the goal of attaining gainful employment
It is estimated that over 10 million 15-25 year-olds in Sub-Saharan Africa are living with HIV/AIDS. This number represents a significant portion of the global orphans and vulnerable children population. This unique population of youth and young adults is often overlooked by routine social service programs and is prone to experience negative social outcomes -- particularly loss of education.
In response to the growing needs of HIV+ youth and young adults, the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), Accordia's flagship program, established one of the first transition clinics in the African region. The Young Adult Scholarship Fund provides this unique population the opportunity to focus on vocational studies with the goal of attaining gainful employment.
The Young Adult Scholarship Fund will provide full support for one year of vocational studies for 40 youth and young adults living with HIV/AIDS, allowing them to live productive lives and to contribute to the economic development of their communities.