Education too expensive for family
Colin, John and Matthew are the grandchildren of Jean, one of the older women VCT has supported for many years. They live with their parents in a one room hut in which they cook live and sleep. They have a small shelter, they use as a bathroom and no toilet.
Both parents are illiterate and although their father earns money from odd jobs, he drinks most of it, leaving nothing for his family. He refuses to let his wife work leaving her totally reliant on outside help. The boys had already got places at a local boarding school when VCT first heard of them through their grandmother, so they had a good start to their studies.
When the boarding fees went up and the family could no longer cover the costs, Jean approached VCT and it was agreed that their school fees would be paid to keep the boys at school.
This year Colin, the eldest, has moved back full time to live with his parents in the hut, as he has now finished school. He is a district level football player and wants to become PE teacher. To this end, VCT is paying for him to study a BSc in Physical Education. This is a wonderful opportunity for him to progress and develop his skills.
This family is typical of many supported by VCT. For students who live in huts it is not always easy to study but VCT has policies in place to ensure that families they support do not become financially dependent in the long term and so they do not often pay for rent. However they are mindful of the need of stable weather proof accommodation and some privacy as an aid to study, and so they provide support to help caregivers find work and increase their income so that they will be able to afford a better place to live. Occasionally VCT will
also help with advance rent to enable a family to move.