The children of HIV positive families are also affected by the socio-economic impact of HIV positive parents. HIV affects the socio-economic status of families through work absenteeism and loss of wages due to frequent HIV related illnesses of infected parents. This has resulted in school absenteeism and dropouts, thereby affecting the child’s education. To address this, APFCC program, beginning in 2007, supported the educational needs of infected and affected children towards payment of school fees and other expenses related to textbooks, uniforms, etc. The orphan children were prioritized to receive such support. The children received ongoing educational support every year, for 5 consecutive years. The following are the accomplishments of the APFCC- Education Support Program:
- 1,050 children were supported with educational scholarships over five academic years, beginning in the 2007-2008 academic year until 2011-2012
- 201 children were supported with education services through remedial class centers
- 96% of the children supported during the last four academic years are still continuing their education
Although this project was completed in May 2011, the Asha for Education- Support for Children’s Education is currently underway.
The APFCC Program- Education Support was funded by Asha for Education – Central New Jersey Chapter.