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

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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Jet lag has a grip on me this time around and I don’t sleep more than an hour total all night. When the alarm goes off at 4:30am, I am grateful for it, as I no longer need try to be still so that I don’t wake Naomi up. I shower and check us out, ready for our 5am trip to the airport, where we will catch a flight to Mombasa.

Sister Veronica greets us at the Mombasa airport, where the sky is heavy with moisture and we are instantly drenched in sweat. Vero, on the other hand, comments on how cold the weather has turned and how strange it is to have to wear a sweater at this time of the year. I think she is insane, frankly, but am so happy to hug my friend of so many years. We have so much to catch up on and I can’t stop asking questions about “my kids”. How is Maua? Lucky? Jane? Vero fills me in and asks for Juju and Aiden, amazed at how big they have gotten. Naomi can’t get enough of the scenery, drinking it all in, with camera in hand. We are both dazed with tiredness but our happiness at being here keeps us awake and alert. 

With a big smile, Vero asks me if I can guess who will be joining us in the car to do some site visits. I am stumped, and then, flabbergasted, when she squeals, “Brian”! I can’t believe it! 12-year-old Brian has become 22-year-old Brian and he is now employed at CBHC, the organization with whom AFCA has been partnering for the past 14 years. Brian is very familiar with CBHC, as he’s been a client there since he was 12. Thanks to AFCA donors, Brian was given antiretroviral medicine and school fees so he could get an education. In time, though, adolescence and peer pressure lead him away and he stopped going to school and instead, chose to live a wild life. Like the prodigal son, though, he returned to CBHC and was welcomed with wide open arms. He clung on to the staff there and they held on to him. In fact, they hired him. 

From a lost young orphan to the lead of a new program to help adolescents and youth walk down their road of AIDS gracefully and carefully, Brian just brightened my day. My week! My year! I will be working together with him to see if we can build a program to set up a schoolbook library at a place called Gift Academy, where 50% of the students don’t have schoolbooks. Their grades reflect the fact that they can’t study at home and that they are sharing books with 4-5 others at a time. The idea is for AFCA to purchase required schoolbooks (6 different textbooks per child) and donate them to the school. The headmaster and teachers will sign them out to the children who simply cannot afford to purchase any. If they lose them, though, they must repay them. Otherwise, at the end of the school year, those books go back to the school, ready for the next child who needs them. And, we’ll ask the families who can afford schoolbooks if they will donate their books at the end of the year, growing the little library. I so look forward to working with Brian on this project! Even better, we have offered to help him finish his schooling because that boy is going places. He needs to finish high school and then, he wants to get a degree in the social services. I told him that he if ever feels like giving up to just give me a call and I will cheer him on. He assured us that he won’t give up and that he is here to stay.

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 end of year giving, please keep us in mind so we can continue our good work into 2020 and beyond.  We wish you a new year full of many blessings and as much hope as you have shared with us.  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. 

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Sammy studies in class 3 at the academy.  She lives in a single room with her parents and two other siblings, an older brother and younger sister.  Sammy is a polite young girl and is always smiling.  Her father does casual jobs to meet the family needs, and her mother is a housewife who used to work at a small company until it was closed down a year ago.

Sammy’s mother came to us requesting help for her children because they can not afford to pay for their education.  She is so grateful for this assistance from the American Foundation for Children with AIDS.  Sammy has not missed school and therefore much improvement has been noted.  It has been a great blessing for the whole 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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