Birthdate: 14 years old
Sarafina’s mother died when she was one year old and so Sarafina went to live with her Auntie. Her Auntie does not have any children of her own but she cares for five children from four different sisters. Sarafina’s Auntie lives in her boyfriend’s shebeen (bar) and Sarafina’s room is behind the bar. There is loud music playing at 2:30 in the afternoon. Her Auntie says the music is turned off at 10 p.m. at night during the week, and at midnight on the weekends. Sarafina’s Auntie sells kapana (cooked meat) and ovambo beer to try to make a living. Her Auntie says that Sarafina is generally a happy child who studies hard at school and who is respectful to everyone. Sarafina’s sponsor can no longer continue to pay the school fees so Sarafina needs to find a new sponsor to continue to go to school.
Your sponsorship will provide the following:
- Yearly education and basic support, school fees paid, a uniform, school books, a backpack with school supplies, and toiletries three times a year.
- Placement in the government school system and monitoring of Sarafina’s educational progress by the Centre Administrator.
- Health care, hospitalization fees if necessary, taxi or transportation to health clinic for Sarafina to receive treatment and collect medication if under HIV Anti Retro-viral treatment.
- The support of the volunteer FHS Care Guardian who will monitor the Sarafina’s well-being within the community and through home visits.
- Counseling, mentorship and life skill activities such as indoor games, day youth camps to build resilience, confidence, self-worth, good character, and to instill values.
- Some children will require tutoring to reach a standard where they can enter into school. Many children start school for the first time when they are 10 years of age or older. See information on why children start school late or drop out.