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VWA Helps Vulnerable Children Access Education
VWA Helps Vulnerable Children Access Education
VWA Helps Vulnerable Children Access Education

VWA Helps Vulnerable Children Access Education

Date Posted: 15/04/2014
At a recent community event held by Volunteer West Africa, the NGOs policy of providing help to vulnerable children was clear to see. A young girl, with torn clothing and looking underweight, caught the attention of a VWA team member. The girl was asked her situation, which prompted two VWA team members and two health professionals to visit the family home that same day to see if assistance could be provided.
At a recent community event held by Volunteer West Africa, the NGOs policy of providing help to vulnerable children was clear to see. The event was a nutrition workshop for local parents, giving advice and information on the importance of a balanced diet for both adults and children. A young girl, with torn clothing and looking underweight, caught the attention of a VWA team member. The girl was asked her situation, which prompted two VWA team members and two health professionals to visit the family home that same day to see if assistance could be provided.

The girl, whose 9th birthday happened to be on the day of the event, had explained that her 10 year old brother and her were effectively orphans. She described how her mother had abandoned the family when her brother and she were very young, while her father worked as a bus conductor and gave no support. It was her grandmother who had raised them, but the grandmother had now fallen extremely ill. Although the two health professionals had noted that medication was being taken, it was their opinion that due to the living conditions, a full recovery for someone of her age and health situation was almost impossible.

As the grandmother had no income and any money that was available was used for medication, the children were rarely able to attend school, which was only a short walk from the house, as they had no money to buy or prepare school meals. Even when funds were available, the grandmother required continuous nursing, which the children attended to as best they could. 

As a result of VWA's intervention, the future of these children's access to education is looking considerably brighter. VWA has pledged sufficient funds to cover the children?s education, covering necessities such as the purchasing of uniform, the cost of school fees, food fees and, eventually, examination fees.  Therefore, the family's income is free to help support the grandmother. VWA will arrange for local health professionals to continue to monitor her progress, giving her the greatest chance of making a recovery.

VWA will continue to help children like these at any opportunity. It is absolutely vital that the support received from sponsors and donators continues to grow, ensuring more and more children's lives across West Africa are improved. 
Author: Matt Cawthra - VWA Volunteer

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