Beth was born in Nairobi on August 14th 2002. Like Simon, she was also brought to the school by her grandmother. Her mother died of AIDs in 2007, and Beth says her father is also dead. Beth is HIV positive and requires lots of reassurance and attention. She is absent from school once a month when she picks up her medication.

 

Beth on her first day.....

.....and in her new uniform

 
Beth has been placed in Standard 4 but initially could barely keep pace with the other children even though she had previously been to a local public school. However there has recently been some improvement. Her grandmother cannot afford to pay the school fees or to buy a school uniform. Beth's dress is torn and her shoes are too large. However she was delighted to be given a new red sweater and despite everything approaches all with a sunny smile.