School Fees for AIDS Orphans

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
School Fees for AIDS Orphans
School Fees for AIDS Orphans
School Fees for AIDS Orphans
School Fees for AIDS Orphans
School Fees for AIDS Orphans
School Fees for AIDS Orphans

I want to share an update of one of our girls in high school that have benefitted from our orphanage program. Salinda is one of our 5 girls in high school that have an opportunity to continue with her education through high school.She joined our program eleven years ago when she was left with her aging grandmother to take care of them after losing both parents to HIV/AIDs. Life was rough that even getting basic needs was a problem not to talk of furthering her education life carrier.  Salinda and her sister (Jenny) found refuge and a safe home at Restoring Hopes Ministry orphanage.

It's with joy and pride that we see her bright face every single day and that we know that her life has improved from the worst to good as she can now comfortably have basic needs, and she is able to attend school and that her dream of becoming a nurse is still valid as tomorrow. We are able to meet her high school fees through the proceeds that we have in our garden project, and the sustainability that AFCA supports.  

Salinda is a well-mannered girl that has shown respect and discipline to her fellow students and also the workers we have helping in our ministry.  With her polite face she is able to lead by good example to her fellow students at the orphanage. Once again that you for working and walking with Restoring Hopes Ministry to put a smile in the face of Salinda.

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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I would love to share the story of one of our kids in the high school.  We currently have four high school students in our program and we celebrate that they are on schedule to graduate in December!

Penny is one of the twelve kids that we are taking care of at our orphanage since 2012.  She lost her parents to HIV/AIDS.  Before we took her, she was living with her aging grandmother together with her three siblings.  By her being the first born, the family was depending on her, so she was washing people's clothing and working on a farm to get money so that she could take care of her family.  She would miss school frequently due to her responsibilities, her home life and also the lack of school fees.

After hearing all of her story, we decided to give her a change at our orphanage so that she would have an opportunity to learn well, eat well and grow to meet her full potential in life.  With love and support, she is thriving and making an effort in school to eradicate the poverty that exists in her family.  Penny acknowledges and is very thankful for seeing her through her journey of education.

Penny will be sitting for her final exams (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) in December and she is working so hard so that she will have a chance to join university so that she can pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.

On behalf of Restoring Hopes, I would like to say a BIG thank you to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS for your generous support of our kids.  You are not only helping them, but helping the entire community through their education.  Thanks for touching lives and sparking hope to our kids.

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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My name is Gina and I am from Mombasa, Kenya, where I was born and where I currently live.  My twins are my fourth pregnancy. My first born was born in 2006, the second child was born in 2016 and my third child was born in 2018. Tragically, my little boy passed away when he was 6 months old.

This pregnancy went well and I was excited to welcome a new baby into our home. I arrived in the hospital at around 11:45am on October 17th, 2021. I was received by the doctor and nurse on duty, both of whom were very friendly to me and who quickly put me in a wheelchair to take me to the ward.

My situation was difficult and I thank the doctor and the nurse very much as they didn’t give up on me from the start to the finish of everything. I didn’t know I was carrying twins! What a surprise to receive! My first son came out with some difficulty, but the second one seemed to simply appear.  I am very happy with everything in this facility, especially the gift package for my twin babies.

May God bless the Mercy Maternity Ward so much! I am so thankful my babies were born in such a beautiful and clean place and I am happy for all the other mothers who will get this chance.  Thank you, AFCA, for the beautiful packages each of the boys received – blankets and clothes and diapers. You can see how beautiful they look here. I would never be able to buy such beautiful things for them and I am grateful for the care and generous gifts.

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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Lisa is the last born in the family of 2 boys and 2 girls. She was born in 1998 and her parents died of HIV complications in 2004 when she was 6 years old. A year after the death of her parents, she started having frequent visits to the hospital which also made her miss classes frequently. After a HIV test, it was confirmed that she was HIV positive and she started medications immediately. She also joined the support group, went through counselling and adherence sessions. She is now 22 years old, healthy and with no opportunistic infections and with undetectable viral load all along having been on the drugs for 15 years.  Her sister who was also born HIV positive died in 2014.  Lisa stays with his brothers who support her with her daily needs.

Lisa finished her primary education in 2012 and after completing secondary school in 2016, she joined a college to pursue a certificate in early childhood education and she completed it in 2019 with the support from AFCA and she scored a distinction. This was as a result of hard work and discipline. She is now obtaining her diploma to become a lecturer. She has a lot of passion for children. She is always thankful to AFCA who has supported her through primary, secondary and now advanced education, which has enabled her explore her potential as well as achieve her career dream. Lisa is always on top of all the students in the class.

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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Allison lives with her grandma in a single room.  She is a total orphan who depends on her grandma for the provision of basic needs. She is under the care of the dispensary and usually attends youth support group in which she is an active ember. Allison has been able to take charge of her health and medication and is now virally suppressed. Grandma requested that her daughter help her in the care of the girl since she could not afford to continue supporting Allison. She accepted and enrolled her in school, but she has been sent home due to lack of school fees. Allison's aunt is financially unstable and she is only able to help provide for basic needs, and called the grandma to send school fees so the girl can be taken back to school and continue with her studies. Since grandma has no stable job she asked us to help with the school fees.  Allison is back at school because of your generosity.  She happy, healthy and thriving!

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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