By Emma Guest
AIDS has ravaged Africa. South of the Sahara, the epidemic is catastrophic. on a daily basis 1700 South Africans agreement HIV, and in Botswana over a 3rd of adults are contaminated. With the demise toll ever expanding, this publication explores how governments, charities and households are responding to the subsequent wave of the obstacle: hundreds of thousands of orphaned children.Told via relocating first-hand tales and lucid commentaries, "Children of AIDS" provides an exceptional perception into the truth of each day existence for the road orphans, carers, volunteers, medical professionals and relations dwelling during the concern throughout South Africa, Zambia and Uganda. The is the conventional protection web for orphans, yet below this sort of pressure alternative routes of dealing with the drawback are rising. as well as relations case stories, Emma visitor seems at childcare tasks, fostering schemes and orphanages; the advantages and problems of overseas involvement; and the customers for kids residing at the streets or in child-headed families.These money owed of private braveness and resilience within the face of incredible poverty and bereavement are either hectic and awe-inspiring. Emma visitor questions what w
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He and his wife, Fiona saw television coverage of the AIDS orphan crisis and decided they wanted to help. They offered to take an HIV-positive child into their home. Social workers made it nearly impossible. Child Welfare is the generic name given to the 169 autonomous branches affiliated to a national organisation, the South African National Council for Child and Family Welfare. They are a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) but their social workers’ salaries are heavily subsidised by the state.
In September 1999, we kept seeing news programmes about AIDS orphans. They were talking about up to two million AIDS orphans in South Africa. We looked at one another and said, “Surely not. All these little kids in institutions. If we can only help one …”’ Strangers Step In 43 Fiona continues, ‘I’m one of those people who go through life thinking if every motorist stopped, and let one person through, you’d never have a traffic jam. I feel the same way about this. ’ Fiona’s only half joking when she describes how uninterested in children she has been, until now.
It had a scheme, which used to pay school fees for kids who performed well in school. They took me on. ‘I was born to Mr Mutembeya, but I never knew him and then he died. My mother married another man and we joined his family. They separated and I had to go with her and take care of her because she was sick by then. She didn’t really talk to me about it. I think her problem was me. ” ‘It was in the late ’80s and AIDS made her a social reject. My mother’s family abandoned her. All my friends ran away because they thought we would infect them.