(Names and details edited to keep the girls safe and protect their privacy)
A Studio Samuel student solemnly listens as her friend and classmate. Ms. L (not shown) bravely shares the reason for her recent absences from school. Her HIV+ mother’s health has declined rapidly, as the disease has progressed to AIDS. This month her mother was also diagnosed with cancer.
As an only child living with her single mother, it’s just the two of them. School for Ms. L isn’t an option right now as she bears the weight of home responsibilities, among other challenges too massive for any 10-year-old to withstand on her own.
Ms. L has become more dependent on Studio Samuel’s holistic approach to education and healthcare. She’s taking full advantage of their trauma counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and healthcare network.
Studio Samuel and The White Feather Foundation thank our supporters for understanding the immense need and direct connection of education and healthcare for a girl born into a marginalized community.