A Is For Aids – Being A Child In Kenya

When Rocky showed me this book on our Skype call today, it hit me pretty hard.

A Is For Aids, is the title of a primary reader. It’s part of the New Progressive Primary English (NPPE) course in Kenya. It’s targeted at elementary school children. It is self-described as a “reading scheme that offers the modern pupil an excellent mix of graded stories all packed with many exciting things. Now the pupil has fun that’s built to last.”

I took screen shots of a few of the pages. The page to the right reads, “O is for orphans. Mother went first. Father followed fast. AIDS is not a curse, we’ll win at last.” I am wholly unfamiliar with what being a child in extreme poverty in Kenya, especially an orphaned child, must be like. But I’m going to come back to this post any time I’m having doubts about the veracity of what MFFO is doing.

We’re helping orphaned girls become powerful women. Educating girls is a key to breaking the cycle of poverty and preventing the spread of AIDS.

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2 Responses to “A Is For Aids – Being A Child In Kenya”

  1. Robyn May 4, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    Never doubt how incredibly important the work y’all are doing over there truly is. I just wrapped a meeting with a woman who heads an NGO in Kenya dedicated to preventing and then caring for those with aids in Kenya. The numbers were staggering and the stories heart-wrenching. The kids in your home are so blessed to be a part of your program and I’m certain y’all are certainly blessed by them. Thank you for sharing your stories with us. Keep chasing goodness in Kenya, those kids need to see it and so do we!

  2. Jeff Turner May 6, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    We all have our moments, Robyn. When Rocky returns from Nairobi, let’s set up a call.

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