A fundamental pillar of African society has always been the duty of the extended family to support any members of the household in need of help. But this traditional strength has, in rural impoverished societies, been put under immense strain as a result of the AIDS crisis. For more than a decade now communities have been collapsing across the continent as too many children, who have lost one or both parents to AIDS, overwhelm family members already struggling under the burden of persistent poverty. The result is that whole families are dragged too far below the poverty line to survive. Severe malnutrition, preventable diseases and infant mortality rates increase. School attendance rates plummet, and many are forced to migrate from their villages to become urban street children, creating many challenging social problems.
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The Mango Tree works for children and young people and their guardians, families and communities to ensure better lives