The mission of this program is for all children enrolled in our pediatric HIV care program to attend school. Children who require support for expenses such as school fees, books, shoes, bags and uniforms are provided with funds for school expenses. In addition, trained community health care workers counsel parents on the importance of school so that the children do not drop out of school due to difficult family circumstances.
School support: In February 2017, 24 children were provided with funds for school fees and expenses such as uniforms, shoes, and books. All 24 children come from difficult family backgrounds; most are cared for by single moms/aunts with little or no source of income.
School Costs: It costs $35 per year to keep a child in elementary school, $120 per year to keep a child in middle school, and $150 per year for high school. Your support 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. Children who attend school regularly are happier, interact better with peers, and feel a sense of belonging with their community.
To date, support for school expenses has been provided to 50 families in our pediatric HIV care program.