Imagine being five years old and having to walk miles through the bush to meet a health care worker who has the medicine your dying father needs to control his pain. And being the one responsible for feeding him, for taking care of him. Then imagine he dies and you’re left alone in the world with no one to care for you.
Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, this is the story of thousands of children who are orphaned as a result of losing one or both parents to HIV/AIDS and cancer. With no one to support them, they are forced to drop out of school and look for casual jobs, like selling ground nuts on the street in urban areas, or begging for money in order to survive. The Road to Hope program began as a way to transition these children to a better life.
Pretty Little Liars star and current ambassador for The Hospice Foundation, Torrey DeVitto, will host the Road to Hope charity event to raise money and awareness for this cause. DeVitto was part of the Hospice Foundation’s documentary film crew that recently returned from three and a half weeks of filming in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan.
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