Benedict's Story

Elizabeth Mutunde, a 16 year old girl is the head of a family in a small village along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway in Makindu district. Four years ago, Elizabeth lost her mother and a year later, her father deserted the family in search of “greener pastures”. Left alone with no apparent caregiver, Elizabeth took up the role of caregiver for her two younger brothers. The family faced numerous challenges including lack of school fees, uniforms and food among other basic needs.

When a program coordinator with Hope World Wide Kenya, a Local Implementing Partner funded by the APHIAPLUS KAMILI project heard their story from a teacher in their school, he carried out a baseline assessment of the household.

Benedict, left, a scholarship beneficiary through A+ K partner linkages with siblings at their home

Soon, all the three children were enrolled into the APHIAPLUS KAMILI Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program. In the past one and a half years, the family has been supported with food (ujimix), school uniforms and other learning materials.

When 14 year old Benedict Munyao (the older of the two boys) sat for his KCPE last year and scored 368 marks, it was the start of a dream. Through APHIAPLUS KAMILI partner linkage efforts, he was one of the 84 beneficiaries linked to Equity Bank for the “Wings to Fly” scholarship.

Today, Benedict is enrolled in St Mary’s Boys High School, Yala, one of the national schools in Kenya on a full scholarship. This is the start of something big in his life and that of his family thanks to APHIAPLUS KAMILI’s efforts to create linkages that leave a lasting impact on communities.

Soon after the rains, there are plans to build a bigger and better house that can provide adequate shelter to the three children without worry of a leaking roof and offer a household economic strengthening mechanism.

Because of the APHIAPLUS KAMILI project I am alive today, leave alone being in one of the best schools in the country.

I will forever remain thankful to the APHIAPLUS KAMILI project and Hope Worldwide Kenya for the support that I have and continue to receive. I will endeavour to support and provide mentorship to my fellow orphans and vulnerable children so that they also excel like I have. I am similarly very grateful to the Equity Bank for the Wings to Fly programme and for offering me a scholarship

Benedict Munyao, beneficiary of the 'Wings to Fly' scholarship

APHIAplus Kamili is a five year project funded by USAID and implemented by a nine member consortium comprised of AMREF, NOPE, ICAP, CHAK, LVCT, KRCS, PATH, and Land O'Lakes, with JHPIEGO as the lead partner. Within this consortium, AMREF works with local Community Based Organisations like Hope World Wide Kenya to provide care and support to orphans and vulnerable children and people living with HIV.

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