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
Matthew is a 4th grader at Bwafwano Community School, one of many schools financed by Cecily's Fund
In 2012, orphan Matthew was living with his aunt and not attending school. Now that he attends classes at Bwafwano Community School, he gets lunch every day and has the opportunity to pursue his studies. Last year, he came in seventh out of 50 students in his class. One day, Matthew dreams of being a pilot.
With the help of your generous donations, kids like Matthew are given the chance to reach their full potiential and overcome the vicious cycle of poverty.
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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