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 Her mother prioritises the boys so there is a very real risk that Shailor will be withdrawn from schools and receive no further education.
Abigael was born in 2007 and is in Grade 6 at school. Her parents are unable to care for her and she is cared for by a guardian. Abigael does well in class, but things are very difficult for her given her family circumstances.