According to the UNICEF, the AIDS epidemic began over 30 years ago, and the disease continues to prey upon millions of children around the world. This disease affects non–infected children as well, and many are left orphaned or grow up in communities overwhelmed by the disease.
While the UNICEF and many other organizations work to protect children from the devastation of AIDS, we work hard, with HIV+ve infected children, to increase empowerment and reduce vulnerability to transform their lives.
AID Core Values
Faithfulness: We are faithful and persistent to get the HIV+ve vulnerable children out of poverty, by educating them.
Credibility: We are credible and authentic when reporting to our donors and sponsors our Financials, success, and failures.
Systemization: We are systematic, very organized, we work based on experience and professionals inputs.
Who We Are
AID is an organization located in the USA, that aims to help children of today and generations to come who are infected or affected by HIV+ve, in Africa. By providing better education in a safe environment through well-trained staff, vulnerable children can learn their true human value, set self-goals, and accomplish those goals.
Where Do We Work?
What Do We Do?
AID provides school, trained teachers, and meals to vulnerable HIV+ve children. Julie Hope center is our first school in Kibera. Julie Hope started ten years ago. We have 40 kids grouped into 3 grades namely playgroup, Pre-Primary1 & Pre-Primary 2(pre-school to kindergarten) from ages 2 to 7. We also have a few older kids aged 8-12 whose parents aren’t able to take them to primary schools. We engage them in our center during the day as we try finding ways of enrolling them to other schools.
There are 5 schools in the area. Most of them are upper primary. The lower grades are there but not developed. It is our desire that Julie Hope will be having a more conducive environment for child growth and development in terms of space, resources, manpower, sanitation and play area. There is no school around us that have an outdoor space where children can relax, interact, be free and just play. 95% of the students in Julie Hope are infected or affected by HIV+ve.
The teachers at Julie Hope work one to one with each child, providing care and love to each one of them.
Benta Bola- Principal and founder of Julie Hope, Tr. Stephen Odera: Kindergarten to 2nd-grade Teacher for one year, Eunice Auma: Cook, for 3 years, Daphne Adhiambo administration & Teacher Assistant, for 2 years.
Julie Hope Children’s Centre is; Making a difference in the lives of slum children, one at a time. Teachers try to achieve this by reaching out to families from very low socioeconomic backgrounds by admitting the children involved in school. They create an environment that makes the children feel loved and accepted. At Julie Hope, children get to eat a balanced diet which they hardly get in their homes.
They also get to be clothed and most importantly they receive free education which is widely known to be the key to a successful future.
Other initiatives that Julie Hope has is creating awareness in the community on how HIV+ pregnant women can safely deliver HIV+ve children and making infected parents aware of how to take care of themselves and their infected children. We accomplish this by referring them to healthcare facilities like LEATOTO (A clinic for HIV+ mothers & children) and Coptic Hope Centre. Most of them have no idea if such facilities exist. We also educate & encourage them on drug adherence because it is also a very important aspect in this journey.
Over the years, the scope of Julie Hope Children’s Centre has widened due to the new needy cases that we come across. We not only admit HIV+ infected or affected children in the school but also total orphans, children of teen mothers and children of single mothers from extremely poor backgrounds.
Principal and Founder of Julie Hope ( Benta Bola )
My name is Teacher Benta Agola. I am 45 years old. I am a single mother of 6 children. 3 boys aged; 27(Stephen), 22(O’Brien) & 11(Craig David). 3 girls aged 24(Daphne), 18(Ashley) & 8(Beverly). I gave birth to my children and raised them in the slums of Kibera. I have lived with HIV-Positive status for 18 years now. I knew my status when I was expecting my 18-year-old daughter. My husband left me with the children immediately he knew about my status. He died years later because he was also infected but stayed in denial.
Julie Hope Children’s Centre was birthed in 2009; 5 years later after I was sacked from my workplace because of my HIV status. I was a nursery school teacher and the headmistress thought that my existence as staff would be a health hazard for the other staff and that of the children. By then, my daughter was 4 years old and the head teacher couldn’t understand how an HIV+ mother would give birth to an HIV- child. She was convinced beyond any doubts that Ashley was positive too and her interaction with other children would also be a health hazard. I was sacked and my daughter was also expelled from school.
This really crushed me and I didn’t know where or who to turn to. I began working as a casual laborer so that I could fend for my children. Later, I wanted to embark on my career but not as an employee. I wanted to be a voice to the HIV infected and affected in the community by creating awareness of the facts, myths & misconceptions of HIV/AIDS. I also wanted to create a safe space for the children affected through education so that they do not go through the stigma & discrimination that my daughter and I went through.
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Testimony: Caroline’s testimony:
From the moment I stepped foot into the classroom to days after I left, all I felt was love and joy. I remember walking through the slums of Kibera wondering how on earth there could be a school here. But there it was. Julie Hope Center. I walked in and the class became filled with excitement. Seconds later, I was greeted with a welcome song led by teacher and founder of the school, Benta Agola. The children were singing, dancing, laughing and having the time of their life. Pure joy filled the hearts of these students ranging from age 2-12. In the other classroom, little toddlers sat at their desks playing with play dough, making all sorts of creations that would pop into their creative minds. They too greeted me with a song. Before I knew it, I was sitting amongst them participating in the singing, playing, coloring and learning.
Benta founded Julie hope to provide a safe learning environment for children who have aids and/or whose parents have aids. Being a victim of the common disease herself, she dedicates her whole life to this school. Serving out of her own home, the two classrooms are equipped with materials and supplies to allow the students to learn on a daily basis. Lunch is even made right in the kitchen and provided to the children.