UN Agencies Launch Manual To Teach AIDS Orphans In Africa

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The U.N. World Food Programme and U.N. Food and AgriculturalOrganizationrecently launched a manual that aims to teach AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa about farming and other skills, BuaNews/AllAfrica.com reports. There are about 40 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa, 11.4 million of whom have lost their parents toAIDS-related illnesses. The manual provides information on how to establishfarming schools where orphans can learn how to create sustainable livelihoodsand long-term food security.

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The program aims to teach children practical skills, such as local agriculturalmethods, as well as how to protect themselves from HIV transmission and otherdiseases, BuaNews/AllAfrica.com reports. Since 2004, the program has targetedmore than 7,000 children in 11 African countries: Cameroon,Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique,Namibia, Sudan, Swaziland,Tanzania, Uganda, Zambiaand Zimbabwe.As part of the program, WFP also provides essential food support to childrenattending classes. Robin Jackson, chief of the WFP's HIV/AIDS service, said,"Providing a nutritional meal to children in the schools is both anincentive for them to attend lessons and gives them an energy boost toparticipate actively."

Marcela Villarreal -- FAO's focal point for HIV/AIDS and director of the organization's Gender, Equity andRural Employment Division -- said, "Children and youth bear the heaviestburden of the AIDS crisis." She added that the "schools are anattempt to give orphans the means and confidence to survive in an oftendifficult environment" (BuaNews/AllAfrica.com, 12/11).

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