TIGO is a rural home based care project with over 100 children now in the programme. TIGO focusses on children who have lost both parents but who still remain in the community and are being cared for by relatives (usually a grandmother), or older siblings; TIGO provides assistance with school fees, school uniforms, stationery, groceries and essential health needs. In the case of child headed families, mentoring and encouragement is also provided through a volunteer network. Each child is sponsored by people in NZ and Australia for NZ$40/month.
Many of these orphans have been traumatized after having watched their parent’s die from HIV/AIDS and some of the children also have serious health problems. Orphans are extremely vulnerable and risk abuse, extreme poverty, hunger and often lack security, hope and love.
TIGO Tertiary is an exciting new development. While TIGO began with young children, many of those children are now teenagers and will soon leave the programme. We want to give them skills so that they can not only look after themselves, but look after those who have cared for them as well as giving other orphans the same opportunities that they have been given. TIGO Tertiary pays fees for tertiary training and provides a basic tool kit so that TIGO beneficiaries such as Lucia (right) can get started working for themselves.
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