The mission of this program is that all children eligible for school have access to education. Accordingly, our goal is that all children enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program attend school. Children who come difficult circumstances (orphans, have lost a parent, live in homes with food insecurity) and their families cannot affors school expenses are provided with funds for expenses such as fees, books, shoes, bags and uniforms. In addition, trained community health care workers counsel parents on the importance of school, and children are encouraged to stay in school. Our goal is that all children have access to education and graduate high school.
School support: In January 2022, more than 230 children were provided with funds for school expenses such as fees, uniforms, shoes, bags, and books. All 230 children come from difficult family backgrounds; most are cared for by 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 $75 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 find that children who attend school regularly are happier, interact better with peers, and feel a sense of belonging with their community.
In 2021, 229 children are being supported with school expenses (as compared to 150 in 2020, 110 in 2019, 80 in 2018, and 25 in 2017). We are thrilled that all children eligible for school are now attending school and their school atendance and performance is being monitored by trained staff.