In rural Malawi, where the average person lives on less than one U.S. dollar a day, the challenges of poverty are daunting. Many families rely on farming for their food and primary source of income. When a family member falls ill and is too weak to farm, the entire family suffers -- especially children, many of whom face significant challenges to succeeding in school. If their family cannot afford the costs associated with attending school, the vicious cycle of poverty and disease continues.
Partners In Health (PIH) supports patients and their families to get through a particularly vulnerable time. PIH covers the cost of school materials and uniforms, as well as school fees and exam fees for secondary school students. In addition, Partners In Health has developed a teacher mentor network dedicated to helping children in the program pass their classes and continue their education.
Partners In Health is investing in the education of the children of our patients to break the cycle of poverty and disease in rural Malawi. We believe that by supporting the children of our most vulnerable patients to succeed in school we can prepare them and their families for better lives. The Program on Social and Economic Rights has directly invested in over 1,500 children in Neno since the program began in 2008 and will increase that number to 2000 in the 2012-2013 school year.
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