Her father left the family 3 years ago and does not support or contact them at all. Charity’s mother does not have a job and the grandparents provide them with a little financial support to get them by.
Dalmas is 12 years old in Class 6 and would like to become a policeman.
His parents died 4 years ago of HIVAIDS. While Dalmas is HIV negative his 2 brothers were not so lucky and are both HIV positive. Dalmas lives with his aunt who struggles to support him and her own family.
Gloria is 12 years old in Class 6 at school and would like to be a doctor.
Gloria’s parents have abandoned her and she and her brother and sister are living with her grandparents. Her grandmother has a weakness for alcohol and often leaves the children to fend for themselves.
Happiness is 8 years old and is in Class 3.
Her parents do not have reliable jobs meaning that things are always a struggle for the family. Happiness has 2 brothers and 2 sisters all of whom are at Canberra Sunshine Academy.
Meliza is 9 years old and is hard working and very bright.
Her mother left the family and her father struggles to find enough work to support the 3 children. This means that Meliza and her siblings are largely being brought up by their grandmother who is very old.
Shailor is 8 years old in Class 3.
Her father died of HIVAIDS 3 years ago. Shailor is the only girl in the family with 4 brothers. Her mother prioritises the boys so there is a very real risk that Shailor will be withdrawn from schools and receive no further education.