SOHO’s initiatives to aid child-headed households have given new hope to numerous children. Yet these children, and thousands more are still overwhelmed by the struggle for survival. With their childhoods stripped away, and their lives hanging in the balance — they have no vision, no voice, and no sense of self-value. Yet, we call them ‘Hope Seekers.’ We will tell the stories of the children, and in doing so, give them a voice. Until they find their voice, we will lend them ours.
A child is thirsty, walking miles to find a water source shared by goats and cows. The rancid smell of the water, and the slimy film on its murky surface do not stop the child from having a drink. To a desperate child, water is water, and the thought of starting a fire to boil the water before drinking seems impractical when the thirst to quench is pressing and immediate. The numbers of orphaned children and their abject poverty contribute to their tolerance and indifference towards their circumstances. It is the same tolerance, and indifference that perpetuates and exacerbates HIV/AIDS infection and the cycle of child-headed households. Read through their stories to better understand their courage, resourcefulness, their needs, and the difference SOHO and it’s supporters make in their lives.