The mission of this program is for all children to have access to good education. Accordingly, our goal is that all school age children enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program attend school. Children who benefit from this program come difficult circumstances (orphans, have lost a parent, live in homes with food insecurity) and if their families cannot affors school expenses. Their families receive funds for school expenses such as exam fees, books, shoes, bags and uniforms. Our goal for all children stay healthy, continue to attend school, and graduate high school. To date, more than 1,200 children have benfitted from this program. All children continue to attend school with the goal of graduating high school. Children who are unable or don't want to continue school after grade 10/11 are encouraged to enroll in skills and vocational training classes.
School support: In January 2023, 290 children were supported with school expenses such as exam fees, uniforms, shoes, bags, and books. In addition, trained community health care workers counsel parents on the importance of school, and children are encouraged to stay in school. All 290 children come from difficult family backgrounds; most are cared for by /grandparents/single moms/aunts with little or no source of income.
School Costs: Beginning January 2022, the Zambian government made tuition in schools free. However, it costs approximately $85 per year to buy school uniforms, books, shoes, and a school bag. Your support towards this program will go a long way in helping children stay in school, learn and grow normally.
This program benefits children whose families are unable to afford school expenses. Funds for expenses such as school fees, books, uniforms, shoes and bags are provided. We believe that children who attend school regularly are happier, interact better with peers, and feel a sense of belonging with their community. In 2023, 290 children are being supported with school expenses (as compared to 283 in 2022, 263 in 2021, 151 in 2020, 110 in 2019, 70 in 2018, and 25 in 2017). We are thrilled and proud of these children as they navigate difficult circumstances every day. The health and academic performance of children is monitored by our health care staff.