The Centre for Encouraging Caring and Supporting HIV People (CECSHIP), based at Nyandeyama section in Kenema city, has given another support to its membership.
CECSHIP has given Le250.000 each to over 30 orphans and vulnerable children as institutional support fund from a catholic organization CARITAS and UNFPA at the centre for Encouraging Caring and Supporting HIV People (CECSHIP) in Kenema.
Speaking to CECSHIP’s director, George Massaquoi, he said beneficiaries were targeted from Kono, Joru, Levuma, Kailahun, and Kenema town.
He said the financial support was for children whose parents were living with HIV and those who had lost their parents as a result of the ailment.
The CECSHIP director disclosed that the centre was currently caring for 201 orphans including vulnerable children and that the CECSHIP’s beneficiaries were those whose parents had openly admitted of being HIV positive.
He said, “the fund is to be used for their tuition fees and the buying of learning materials for the children”, saying that the children were chosen because their parents had overcome the stigma attached to the disease.
The programme coordinator for the Mano River Union in UNFPA AIDS programme, Unel Adamusu, disclosed that her organization was in the process of moving away from its awareness raising programme to caring for people living with HIV and their children.
She said the change of approach was in connection with the organization’s successes, adding that they hoped to build the capacity of the PLWH so as to make them independent for a sustainable development throughout their life time.