To many, 11 million might seem an abstraction, simply a number written on a page. But in sub-Saharan Africa, this number – how many children, as of 2001, who had lost one or both of their parents to AIDS – is a harsh reality.
And according to a 2006 UNICEF report, by 2010 the number of children in the region orphaned by AIDS is expected to reach 42 million. But turning stark statistics into a unified mission, one group on campus has made it its passion to help these orphaned children and to provide a beam of hope from an ocean away.
The Daraja Children’s Project-Kenya was started last year as an organization focused on providing a dependable bridge between donors and programs that support Kenyan children. According to the National AIDS Control Council, Kenya, a country where about 7 percent of adults have HIV, has a growing number of orphans since an estimated 150,000 people there each year die of HIV/AIDS.