Kenya celebrates World AIDS day - Agness Ninah

As Kenya celebrate World AIDS day, it is sad that out of 38.6 million people, it s estimated that over 10 million are orphan children.These children are confronted by many life threatening situations which includes inadequate basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, parental care and disinheritance among others. It is estimated that around 1 million orphans are out of high school due to lack of school fees. It s my appeal that those with good will can support our efforts to help these orphans.

The gains realized in the fight against HIV cannot be downplayed as many parents and their children have continued to live positively.However; HIV remains the major source of orphan-hood and compounded with poverty, civil strife and other factors the situation has become worse. It is estimated that there are 2.5 million orphans in Kenya, most of whom are children living in every poor households headed by elderly caregivers and others by children themselves. This situation deprives orphans of access to basic necessities of life such as education, food, shelter and parental love. The lack of parental care and love exposes these children to numerous challenges as they grow up to adulthood such as stigma, discrimination, exploitation among others.