|Mika YAMAI of AAR JAPAN’s Zambia office with students of an anti-HIV/AIDS club in Chipapa.|
Republic of Zambia is located in southern Africa with a population of 13,300,000 people and an area that is twice as big as that of Japan. The number of HIV- positive people is approximately 980,000 (2009 UNAIDS statistics) and the national life expectancy is 46 years old (2010 United Nations Population Fund statistics). Approximately 13.5% of adults (15 to 49 years old) are estimated to be HIV-positive and the population of such people in their prime has remarkably decreased. There are about 690,000 so-called "AIDS orphans", children who have lost one or both of their parents due to HIV/AIDS and are either under the care of their grandparents, uncles, and aunts, or live with their brothers and sisters. The situation is so serious that there are homes where children have assumed the roles of the household heads.
Guardians and Local Residents Themselves Must Find Ways to Finance Children's Education
|Douglas (left) was able to buy a new textbook with the money he earned from milling.|
|The manager of the project and the children help cut up the chickens one by one.|
|One of our beneficiaries, 13 year-old Kosam Phili aspires to become a lawyer. Pictured on the right is Hiromi KAWANO from AAR JAPAN’s Tokyo Headquarters office.|
|Local staff members at the AAR JAPAN Zambia office – from the back row left, Sharon, Given, Angela, Fraser, Kebbie; from the front row right, Catherine, Mulenga, and Mika YAMAI.|