Despite progress made since the apartheid era, South Africa remains one of the world’s most unequal countries in terms of income disparities. HIV/AIDS has also had a devastating impact. It is estimated that over half of the country’s 2.5 million orphans have lost a parent to AIDS.
Out of the 400 students at LyndhurstPrimary School, 81 have lost one parent and 24 have lost both. In addition to the distress of being orphaned, these children are highly vulnerable to abuse.
More than 50 students at the LyndhurstPrimary School, including Nokwanda, walk for hours along isolated paths to get to class. Bacause of this, Rates of sexual assault in South Africa are among the highest in the world, and children are most at risk.