Who we are
'Teach a Child - Africa' (TaC) enables children who have been orphaned by AIDS to complete their secondary education. It provides bursaries for children in Africa so that they may obtain the knowledge and skills to obtain worthwhile employment and escape the poverty trap and fulfil their potential in life. It supports AIDS orphans in Africa regardless of their gender, religious, political and ethnic background or affiliation.
TaC launch, Oxford, UK, 2007
TaC was officially launched in the United Kingdom on December 1st 2007, at New Road Baptist Church, Oxford. It is registered in the United Kingdom (registration number 1120796) and Kenya (registration number OP.218/051/2009/0333/5961) and has supporters in the USA.
Pamela Steele, the executive director, has first hand experience of the suffering caused by HIV/AIDS in Kenya where she was brought up. She has lost beloved members of her family and financially supported their childrens’ education. TaC was born out of Pam’s desire to extend that support beyond her own family to children who have no one to help them.
More than 12 million children in sub-Saharan Africa have lost one or both of their parents to AIDS . The scale of this pandemic has overwhelmed Africa’s traditional coping mechanism, the extended family and many orphans grow up in poverty with an elderly relative or in a child-headed house-hold. Without financial support, the children are denied secondary education and are trapped in a life of poverty, vulnerable to sexual exploitation and drug abuse.
In January 2008, TaC began a four year pilot project to provide bursaries for AIDS orphans in the Nyanza region of Kenya to receive secondary education. In 2011, TaC is supporting a total of 42 children in boarding schools in Nyanza.