The HIV/AIDS pandemic; poverty; and drug and alcohol abuse at Milalani Village in Sabaki Location, Malindi, in Kilifi County in Kenya has caused untold suffering to the people of Milalani Village. There are over 5000 people who have been directly or indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS; and drug abuse in Sabaki Location and their lives have been impacted by this scourge for now over 20 years now. Most of those affected are children and women. The areas where the children are settled are poor, isolated and rural where employment opportunities are scarce and difficult to come by.
The mode of livelihood remains chiefly subsistence farming, selling Mnazi, and fruits. The children have therefore found themselves trapped in this situation of poverty, insecurity and general unemployment. Fathers, mothers and guardians find it difficult to feed their children, paying school fees, school dues and medical expenses are not possible.
Having realized this situation many parents have resorted to self help employment and self help project to redress the situation. For instance OVC and People Living HIV/AIDS; guardian parents started have teamed up with Aid Kenya Foundadtion to establish an orphanage, Mission of Hope Children’s Center, to shelter orphaned, homeless and vulnerable children from Milalani village, and surrounding communities across the Coast; as well a school, Milalani Community School, to offer basic education to Milalani village children who have never been enrolled in school since birth. For the community’s children, the school will boost of an increased school enrolment.
Also through the Foundation’s Education For Orphans Scholarship Program the Foundation project to work with individuals, corporations, foundations, churches, and religious institutions, hotels, and other well wishers to sponsor 0ver 10,500 children and students from the community, across the Coast Region and at large so that they can have an education over the next 10 years. Education in Kenya is simply expensive going by the poverty levels of the people in Milalani village. Parents can’t afford the fees for regular public or private schools.
It is in the context of the above situation that as Aid Kenya Foundation, we are focused to promote education in the Coast Region of Kenya under the Foundation’s Education For Orphans Scholarship Program through local and international collaboration and partnership. By promoting education, the Foundation shall be working toward achieving UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); the Government of Kenya’s Vision 2030; and the Foundation’s Maendeleo Mashinani Initiative (MaMI) Strategic Plan 2012-2022. The provision of scholarship, and scholastic materials to orphans and vulnerable children is geared towards improving on their retention at school.
This project will raise the status of those orphans, poor and vulnerable school drop outs and enable them to access education once again.
Aid Kenya Foundation is seeking for US $ 330,160.00 to fund the project. We will need the funding in three phases of USD. 110,053.3 each.
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The Mission of Hope Children’s Center does not receive any government funding to support its programs. We are dependent on individual contributions which account for the majority of our annual budget. Without your support, our mission of educating, protecting, and caring for these orphans could not be fulfilled. These are all our children – when you contribute to the Mission of Hope Children’s Center, you become a member of the Mission of Hope Children’s Center family.
The large numbers of orphans in this country are resulting from the combination of HIV/AIDS. Kilifi County in Kenya is an extremely poor area with tremendous inequality in income distribution. While it possesses substantial resources, agricultural, and fishery resources, its physical and social infrastructure is not well developed, and serious social disorders continue to hamper economic development. Nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence agriculture.
In a situation where parents themselves are poor and cannot get employment, it becomes even a greater difficulty for their children and orphans to access quality education and other scholastic materials. The state of abject poverty facing the orphans and vulnerable children needs to be addressed. The orphans and vulnerable children themselves have become increasingly concerned about their own poverty. They have felt for the need of some sort of action by either themselves or benevolent agencies to redress the situation. For example, seeing that nothing was forthcoming in regards to their education, some orphans and vulnerable children have started going to the beaches to beg from the tourists. It is on this spirit that some group of individuals formed themselves into a project (basic support for children education project) to try to revive the hopes of these children.
The project therefore addresses the following problems and benefits to orphans and OVCs;
The school dropouts find themselves in a vicious circle of poverty and helplessness, they cannot afford basic necessities for school, they barely have enough to eat, and they cannot buy school uniforms. The success of this project will address these issues.
Most of the beneficiaries are orphans and family heads as children living in a challenging world and environment, they are marginalized. This project will empower them.
Aid Kenya Foundation has started offering scholar materials for some needy children, but the scheme requires financial support for procuring items such as exercise books, pens, pencil, geometric sets, uniforms, supplementary food for weak orphans’ and some IGA for OVCs. There will be no financial returns.
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