What We Do
What we do
Teach a Child Africa (TaC) was launched in 2007 in the United Kingdom in response to the large number of orphaned children following the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Kenya in 1990s. TaC operates in the Nyanza Province in western Kenya, which is home to three of the worst-affected counties in the country – namely Homa Bay, Kisumu and Siaya – the latter of which has the joint third-largest rate of HIV/AIDS infections in the world. HIV prevalence is around 23.7%, with more than 200,000 children under the age of 15 already infected with HIV. The 2012 Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey estimated that there are 3.6 million children under 18 who are fully or partially orphaned, with a significant number having lost their parents to AIDS-related complications.
Most orphans will be taken in by extended family members following the death of their guardians, but this traditional coping mechanism is becoming rapidly overwhelmed. Since children often become the breadwinners in these unstable households, they are left with little time and resources to receive a stable education. It is here that TaC Africa began their mission – by making secondary ‘Education for Life’ a reality for academically gifted boys and girls who would otherwise be unable to escape from a life of poverty. With the support of our generous donors in Kenya, the U.K., Switzerland and beyond, so far TaC have succeeded in funding over 220 of the most-needy students through high school, with a further 97 currently enrolled in our programme. With your kind assistance, we can continue expanding our services to deliver the fundamental human right of education to those who need it most.