The HIV/AIDS pandemic has taken a huge toll on the African continent. It has killed millions, left other millions too ill to work, and has led to skyrocketing health costs, together halting the progress of many economies. Another startling and oft-overlooked statistic is that 15 million Sub-Saharan African children have lost one or both parents from AIDS. These orphans are usually left with no one to take care of them, no possessions or money, and no hope of securing a bright future, free of poverty, disease and deprivation.
For a variety of reasons, Kenya has been hit particularly hard by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and has a huge number of uncared for orphans. CGA is doing everything it can to combat this problem and to provide support, education and medical services to orphans both within its community and throughout Kenya. We are dedicated to working toward the full integration of orphans into their communities so as to enable them to live as normal a life as they can and eventually become productive members of our society. The biggest societal issues we are working to combat are:
• The near-zero chances of an orphan child having access to basic necessities such as shelter, food, clothing, healthcare and education. • A rise in the number of child-headed households, child care-givers, as well as grandparents who are forced care and provide for their grandchildren with what little resources they have. • A high prevalence of school dropouts among AIDS orphans because they have no one to support their studies and pay their fees.
We are working hard to reach out to these orphans and provide what we can. Pathfinder Primary currently enrolls hundreds of orphans who wouldn't be able to attend school or eat every day. Through scholarships and our generous sponsors, these orphans are now healthier, educated and have significantly more promising prospects than they did before. We also provide education and support to child-headed households and grandparents who are struggling to support their orphaned grandchildren. CGA reaches out to grandparent caretakers by offering biointensive agriculture trainings, by providing microloans and business trainings, and offering any other trainings and support the grandparents may request.