A Year of School Lunches for an AIDS Orphan
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For just $20, you can provide school lunches for an entire year for a child who has been orphaned by AIDS.
Of Zambia's 1.2 million orphans, more than half lost their parents to the HIV epidemic. Grandparents and extended families are struggling to provide basic needs for these children. Education can bring hope for a better life for the orphans and for subsequent generations and the right school can help provide for their immediate needs as well.
Cecily's Fund is a non-profit working to improve educational opportunities for Zambia's children, especially for orphans. Cecily's Fund supports a community school, Bwafwano (meaning 'helping one another'). Just outside Zambia's capital of Lusaka, Bwafwano serves over 750 students in grades 1 through 4. While at school, the students receive a much-needed midday meal -- for many, the only meal they will get all day.
Elementary and high school education not only increases these children's chances of avoiding HIV, it also prepares them to try for further education and vocational training. Cecily's Fund has supported over 1,400 children to move on from Bwafwano to secondary school, where they continue to receive help with shoes, uniforms, pens and fees. Elsewhere in Zambia, Cecily's Fund also provides its school graduates with post-school opportunities such as teacher training and training as peer health educators.
You can help! Just $20 feeds, for an entire year, a Zambian child who has been orphaned by AIDS.
Report from the Field
Greta is a 4th grader at Bwafwano Community School, one of many schools financed by Cecily's Fund. Recently she told us, “I have learned a lot from my teacher here at Bwafwano. He teaches us math and also about AIDS. When I finish school I want to be a teacher the way I am being taught. I like it here at Bwafwano". In addition to her education, Greta and her fellow students at Bwafwano receive a free lunch every school day through Cecily's Fund's feeding program.
With the help of your generous donations, kids like Greta are given the chance to reach their full potential and overcome the vicious cycle of poverty. Between December 2015 and March 2016, 90 children received a school lunch every day.
Cecily's Fund works with local Zambian partner organizations to enable orphans and vulnerable children to attend primary and secondary school, giving them hope for the future. Cecily's Fund also trains more than 50 graduates each year as peer health educators, giving them the chance to work with school children and so contribute to the fight against AIDS, and supports over 30 orphan school-leavers annually in tertiary education, to study on teacher-training programs.
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