The Challenge

A survey carried out in 2004 identified more than 10,000 orphans and vulnerable children within the Ngoketunjia division, where A Place of Hope has focused its initial attention. Subsequent surveys in 2005 and 2008 identified a total of 5,055 children as being in serious need.

AIDS is the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa. In some of its countries, more than 25% of the population is infected, making Africa home to more than 70% of the world’s HIV-infected adults.

  • Every day, 6700 African families bury a loved one who has succumbed to the disease.
  • Every day, 6000 children in Africa are orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS.
  • Every 15 seconds, AIDS kills a child’s parent.
  • Ninety-five percent of the world’s AIDS orphans live in Africa. Less than 10% of these receive any support.

Children who have lost their parents to AIDS are society’s most vulnerable members. They are socially isolated, less likely to be immunized, more likely to be malnourished and more vulnerable to common illnesses such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. Unable to stay in school, they are more likely to be illiterate and susceptible to abuse and exploitation.

Often young children become head of their households, caring for sick and dying parents as well as younger siblings.

These staggering statistics, combined with the conviction that education is key to improving the children’s conditions, motivated Place of Hopes to set an aggressive objective of sending 1,000 Ngoketunjia children to school in 2010-2011.

Africa’s children have dreams and aspirations to succeed.

Help us to help them.