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

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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Allen and Dominic are hardworking brothers.  We met them at school and their mother and older sister welcomed us as well.  They are being raised by their mother, a single parent, who has no stable job and depends on casual jobs that crop up every now and then.

The boys are willing to study, but it’s difficult at times since they have not eaten.  Sometimes they go to school very hungry, making it hard to concentrate.  They are ambitious and hopeful for a better tomorrow.  Mom sends her sincere gratitude to our donors helping with the school fees, reducing her burden.

Allen tells us that he wants to become a doctor in the future.  He wants to one day be able to support his mother so she doesn’t have to struggle.

Dominic wants to become an actor; we saw his enthusiasm first hand during our  interaction with him at their home.

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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Lucy is the youngest child in her family. She was enrolled in our program in 2014 and was started on medications.  It has been noticed that she has not been adhering to the treatment. This was noticed as she was diagnosed with TB. During this time the child was so weak and thereby inconsistent in class.  She is a partial orphan who stays with her father and he takes care of her. The father recently had an accident and suffered some fractures on his legs. He can’t do much in assisting the child.

She has been receiving assistance due to her unhealthy condition, and is now back in school because her health is finally improving. Lucy has also improved socially and emotionally. The support from AFCA has been a huge blessing to Lucy and her family.  

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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