School Fees and Uniforms
I had not seen eyes that spoke so eloquently or so silently in a long time although SOHO deals with urgent needs on a daily basis. The eyes were those of a girl, thirteen or fourteen, small for her age as is true of many of her peers due to stunting from malnutrition.
Her school uniform literally hung together on her body by threads. Her navel was clearly visible and the tips of her small breasts were exposed when she turned to look at me. Her back was bare. But she wore the school colors and that was her ticket to school attendance and participation.
When our eyes met, she quickly averted hers, but not before I could see her pain and shame. SOHO’s Education Fund is developed to provide assistance with school fees and uniforms for urgent cases of children like this girl, who as yet have no sponsors and nor resources to meet their basic needs.