THE SERENDIPITY FUND
Since 2009, the Serendipity Educational Endowment Fund has provided funding for a quality, sustainable education to children living in Papua New Guniea, whose lives have been affected by AIDS. Serendipity benefits children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS, children whose parents are living with HIV and the children of families providing support. This program is currently operating in PNG, where approximately 200 children are receiving financial support to continue their education.
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ABOUT OUR FUND
The Serendipity Fund was established following a donation by McMahon International in 2009, from proceeds donated of the 2008 Andrea Bocelli tour of Australian and New Zealand.
Administered by Asia Pacific Business Coalition On Hiv/Aids (Australia) Limited, the Serendipity Fund provides funding for a quality, sustainable education to children living in Papua New Guinea (PNG) whose lives have been affected by AIDS. Serendipity benefits children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS, children whose parents are living with HIV and the children of families providing support.
This program is currently operating in PNG, where approximately 200 children are receiving financial support to continue their education. The Serendipity Fund plans to extend the program in PNG to supporting 400 children, along with an expansion of the the program into Africa
Serendipity supports families, by providing funds to enable children to complete their education. The program covers the cost of schools books, uniforms and fees. The average cost of a child’s education in PNG is $3000. Without a parent or guardian to cover these costs, most children orphaned by AIDS leave school and work to contribute to the extended family household.
HOPE OF LIFE DOCUMENTARY
Hope of Life is a documentary highlighting Papuan children who are affected by AIDS and work the Serendipity Fund is currently doing to help them.
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Papua New Guinea has an HIV and AIDS epidemic. It impacts most severely families and children. In PNG most people living with HIV are between 20 and 35 years old. The majority of these are parents with young and older children in their care. These children may themselves be infected although the majority will not be. But in all cases the impact of a parent’s illness, social stigma of the disease and the death of a parent will be difficult if not devastating for children and their families.
Before the arrival of HIV in Papua New Guinea, the extended family provided a sound support base to care for the children of family members who passed away. However due to the large number of people living with HIV and AIDS in PNG, estimated to be 60,000 people, extended family support mechanisms are struggling to cope with the rising numbers of children that need care and support following the death of their parents or primary caregiver.
DOCUMENTARY RAISES HOPE FOR PNG ORPHANS
A documentary has been launched in Melbourne to raise funds and awareness for orphans affected by HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea.
Directed by Australian filmmaker Kasimir Burgess, the 12-minute documentary Hope for Life is a project of the Asia Pacific Business Coalition on Aids (APBCA).
APBCA chief executive Stephen Grant said “in the Asia Pacific region nearly five million people are living with HIV.” In Papua New Guinea, he added, over 60,000 people have HIV.
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