Project #6506

School Fees for AIDS Orphans

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
Oct 31, 2012

Benson's Story

Benson and me at his house
Benson and me at his house

I first met Benson seven years ago, when he was 11 years old. Now, a young man of 18, he has finished high school and is aiming to attend classes so he can become a mechanic.  I am so very, very proud of Benson!  He is HIV+, but has never allowed that diagnosis to stop him from achieving his dreams. 

We sat down together this summer to chat about dreams and aspirations.  We were in his house in a corner of a slum in Kenya.  There, he smiled and told me that he is good with his hands and that he can fix just about anything.  He wants to put that ability to work as a mechanic so he can earn some money to support himself.  He dreams of owning his own place one day, of getting married, of getting out of the slums.  He quickly told me that he doesn't want to marry anytime soon, though...he knows that will slow him down at this time and he simply wants to be responsible and to have a little money saved before he makes a commitment of that type.

The reason I am telling you about Benson is that he finished school thanks to you and your donations.  He is looking forward to a good future as an educated young man because of you.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

We can't say that enough, as you've just changed the course of a person's history!

On Benson's behalf,




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Organization Information

American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Location: Harrisburg, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
tanya weaver
Harrisburg, PA United States
$5,690 raised of $10,000 goal
101 donations
$4,310 to go
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