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Mobilizing AIDS Widows and Orphans of Kasavai, Kenya toward Self-sufficiency through HIV/AIDS Awareness, Prevention, and Management, Small Business Enterprise, Education, and Nutrition... and Clean Water

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About the orphans
CLOUT Cares assists about 150 Kasavai orphans and children, toddlers through high school and beyond.  All lost their father or both parents to AIDS. These children often live with their grandmother, aunt, older sister, mother, or other more distant female relative, and some live without the care of any adult.  Kasavai has no orphanages.
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Toddlers (age 2 through 5) spend most of their time with their female caregivers (grandmom, aunt, mom, sister, etc.) and siblings but have little chance to interact with children outside their immediate families. CLOUT Cares funds a no cost play school that enables these childern to learn through supervised structured and unstructured play and get a head start before they attend a mandatory nursery school and then enter primary school at age 5 or 6.
Primary school students attend rudimentary schools where education is said to be "free"; however, they must pay fees for uniforms, books, and supplies. Often they also have to pay for tutoring on the weekends or after school to make up for those parts of the standardized curriculum not covered in class. At the beginning of the school term, students must bring enough maize and beans for their lunchs for the entire term - schools do not have free breakfast or lunch programs. The Watafutaji widows group is able to assist the neediest of these children now that they have a leg up with the help of CLOUT Cares.
High school education is not free! High schools started receiving a government subsidy in 2008, supposedly making a high school education "free". However, schools immediately raised their tuition and fees by an amount equivalent to the government subsidy, so the students and their families (and CLOUT Cares) are still responsible for the lion's share of costs - which have increased dramatically since 2012.
High school graduates have a very difficult time finding a job in Kenya, particularly in rural areas like Kasavai. A traditional four-year college or university education is out of reach for most of them. CLOUT Cares assists ambitious individual graduates through its vocational education program, mentorships, and the Watafutaji Orphans Youth Group in their quest for additional relevant education, experiences, and opportunities.
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