UN Agencies Launch Manual To Teach AIDS Orphans In Africa
The U.N. World Food Programme and U.N. Food and AgriculturalOrganizationrecently launched a manual that aims to teach AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan
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:
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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