Out of the 16 million children worldwide orphaned by HIV/AIDS, 14.8 million live in Sub-Saharan Africa. That's 92.5%.
The small country of Lesotho, landlocked within South Africa, is home to 366,000 orphaned and vulnerable children. 37,000 of them are HIV positive. But that's only half of the problem. 54% of kids drop out of primary school and there's only a 36% high school completion rate. These troubling statistics are coupled with a 46% unemployment rate among young adults.
We believe education is the solution. In fact, the Global Campaign for Education estimates that approximately 700,000 cases of HIV/AIDS in young adults could be prevented each year with a complete primary education. Children in Lesotho have the gifts and talents to thrive — regardless of their social or economic circumstances – and deserve an opportunity.
Nalane's founder, Mathata Moe Mpela, was born and raised in Lesotho. He named his nonprofit Nalane because it translates to "the story of." By launching after-school programs at two Lesotho primary schools, St. James and Ha Tsolo, we'll help rewrite the stories of these kids' lives.
Still, we know these problems extend beyond Lesotho. Our plan is to expand Nalane throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, building a model to overcome HIV/AIDS and unemployment on a larger level.
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