Cecily’s Fund: Kitwe Peer Health Education Programme [pdf]
Fund supports the education of over eight thousand Zambian children who
have been orphaned or made vulnerable because of HIV and who might not
otherwise have the opportunity to go to school. By increasing their
chances of employability after school and thus their economic
independence, we turn vulnerability into viability.
Eastwood was from Oxfordshire and nineteen when she died in a road
accident in Zambia in 1997. Her parents, Basil and Alison, used the
money that was donated at her funeral towards the education of the
orphans she had been working with at the time. A year later they
visited Zambia and realised that, without their continued support,
these children would drop out of school. On their return they
established Cecily’s Fund.
Since then we have
promised to support every child who we start in school, through to the
end of his or her school career. And we have kept this promise. The
significance of this commitment was best expressed by one of our school
graduates, Gertrude Tembo, earlier this year: “I am so grateful to
Cecily’s Fund. Other charities come and go but Cecily’s Fund supports
children throughout their schooling. It is unique.”
has had a devastating impact on communities in the Copperbelt region of
Zambia. It has resulted in a missing generation of parents and produced
a generation of orphaned children. We believe that these children
should be part of the solution and not just part of the problem. We
support some children beyond school to train as teachers or, like
Gertrude herself, to become volunteer peer health educators and help
the next generation stay free from HIV.
Kennington Overseas Aid’s help, we can continue this invaluable
response to the HIV epidemic by helping thousands of schoolchildren to
make informed decisions so that they stay healthy. We would like to
request £20,116 from Kennington Overseas Aid to train 50 of our young
people (who will graduate from Grade 12 in December) as peer health
educators and support them to share potentially life-saving health
information with over 7,000 Zambian school children.
can be downloaded by clicking on the pdf link above.
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like a printed copy of the full proposal, please phone or email Clive Rodgers
Vetta (739071), or Brenda Groth (739229).