As of this year, the Kameglo Project is taking care of over 90 children ranging from 21 months to 6 years of age. This number continues to increase as we strive to never have to turn away a child in need. Our mission is to provide a stigma-free environment for children deeply effected by the devastating and recent HIV/AIDS epidemic, where they can grow intellectually, physically, and emotionally all at no coast to the children or their families. We offer a wide range of services including education, extracurricular activities, skills training, food, clothing, transportation, and increased access to medical care. We recognize that addressing the complex needs of orphans and vulnerable children is a community effort.
Our children come to the Kamogelo Project’s school from 8 am to 1 pm every weekday. Our children start the day with a morning prayer that is followed by a healthy and warm breakfast. Following breakfast, classes and playtime persist until 12:30 when the children break for lunch before returning home.
Only 5% of our children come from a home with a caregiver with stable work or income. It becomes essential to help feed these children because the 2 hot meals they receive here are often their only consistent meals. Families also struggle to clothe these children. Many only have the uniform we try distribute annually funds pending. Similarly the shoes we aim to distribute, when funds allow, are usually the child’s only shoes for the year.
Due to the fact that some of the children travel up to 20 km (12 miles) in a single day in coming to school, we offer transportation for many of our commuting students. We operate one combi-sized car (a van-like vehicle that seats about 15 adults, typical the region.) Unfortunately, we only have enough funds to employ one driver forcing our combi to make multiple trips both before and after classes. Steadily rising fuel costs make offering this service one of our largest financial burdens.
We hope to continue to sustain our current offerings and be able to expand both our services and the amount of children that we can accommodate given the HIV/AIDS epidemic has effected so many families in our village and the surrounding areas.