We recognize the fact that EDUCATION is one of the most powerful tools for women's empowerment and we want to do all that it takes to keep the girl child in school throughout her learning period.according to our assessment and findings we found out that high percentage of girls in our community are missing the school because of menstruation. stereotypes and poverty. Each of these issues will negatively influence the life of a girl child and either ends of in early pregnancy, getting HIV/AIDs, early marriage e.t.c leading to poverty in the long run.
We choose to focus on menstruation with a common goal that we don't want menstruation to stop education of a girl and we are responding to this through our re-usable sanitary pads. We have distributed about 3,000 sanitary pads to different school in our community and the results of this is amazing.
Now girls are able to concentrate in class during their monthly flows, the performance of the girls have seen risen to better grades, Cases of absenteeism for girls of declined significantly, early pregnancy and early marriage amongst girls have seen declining significantly and we believe that slowly by slowly these girls will be able to transform the entire community to graduate from poverty.
Thank you for walking with us through this journey, though there are challenges we still face currently, but the success stories we've witnessed and continue witnessing keeps us moving and giving up will never be an option for us.
The team here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS thanks you for supporting this project and the work we do for the children in Africa. As you make decisions regarding your giving for the rest of the year, please keep us in mind so we can continue our good work through 2023 and beyond. If you would like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the children you have helped, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org.
I want to share an update with our donors on one of our high school girls, Jenny. She joined high school last year and now she is in form 2 (grade 10). She has been the most disciplined girl in her grade and she is performing averagely well. I was so pleased that she has carried on the teachings she received while staying at the orphanage, even practicing them while in school.
I asked Jenny what she wants to become in future and with a smile on her face she said, "I want to become a nurse." And I thought that would suit her well! She is happy because she can concentrate in her academics without any stress of what to eat in the morning, lunch and evening, because she is not being sent back home due to lack of school fees. Jenny is seeing a bright future ahead, because she has a great support system. She is happy because we all love her and that the stigma related to HIV/AIDs is something of the past for her. Thank you so much for loving Jenny!
The team here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS thanks you for supporting this project and the work we do for the children in Africa. As you start to make decisions regarding your giving this year, please keep us in mind so we can continue our good work through 2023 and beyond. If you would like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the children you have helped, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org.
Jenny is one of our girls in high school that still continues to benefit from our orphanage program through sponsorship opportunities. She is one of our 5 girls in high school that have an opportunity to continue with her high school education. She joined our program 10 years ago when she was left with her aging grandmother who took care of them after losing both parents to HIV/AIDs. Before we considered admitting her in the orphanage, her life was tattered that even getting access to three meals a day was a dream not to mention education, medication and clothing. She and her sister were blessed to join our program after considering their story. Staying with an aging grandmother even made her story worse since she was like a provider to her grandmother, she could join unscrupulous behavior like prostitution, she could even get pregnant at an early age, or worse enter into early marriage to support her remaining family.
It's with joy and pride that she is off of the hook of bad prey and she is no longer vulnerable to such unscrupulous behavior. What we see now is her bright face every single day and we know that her life has improved as she can now comfortably have basic needs, and she is able to attend school and that her dream of becoming a teacher is still valid . We are able to meet her high school fees through sponsorship funds and some proceeds that we have in our garden project that is supported through the American Foundation for Children with AIDS. It is with much joy that we are able to do this for orphans.
With good guardians offered to her in our ministry, Jenny is growing up to be a well mannered girl with lots of respect to her fellows and adults in the ministry. We received a good report from her school that she is the best in discipline and character.
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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