Keeping HIV+ girls in school in Kenya

World aids day 2020 WEBINAR!

You are cordially invited to join us for a 
World AIDS Day commemorative Art Exhibition and Webinar –  with Lean on Me Foundation Painting for an Education!  We know you are at home, so take the time to join us!
It’s almost World AIDS Day 2020, and what a year it has been for all of us.  This year like pretty much all events we are celebrating virtually!
Education for HIV positive girls (and boys) remains at the forefront and this year more than ever we need to keep up our efforts to make sure no one is left behind!
Join our Webinar  and through lending a little help let’s keep the momentum going!
When: 29 November 2020 – 16.00 Central European Time
(10.00 Eastern Time, 18.00 Kenyan Time)
Click to join the webinar  Sunday at 16.00 and find out how we make a difference in young girls lives, and try your hand at drawing Passcode: 324674
Click to make a donation - how much is up to you, but every little helps
Click to see artwork for sale this year– contact if you are interested in purchasing a painting.
All donations and proceeds from the sale of artwork will go to fund the education of HIV positive girls (and some boys) in Kenya. We have no admin fees, and for as little as $350 we can keep a girl in school, fees, books, uniforms, shoes, hot lunches and sanitary towels. Any amount will make a difference - $ 10 covers the shoes!
AND - in joining the webinar you stand a chance of winning the painting – 'the couch!’ 
Worth one full year of education in Kenya.  The oil painting was painted by Gelise at the beginning of our first lockdown, and yes when we all took to sitting on the couch!



Winniefred Nalule
Lean on Me : 
  • Why education matters for HIV positive girls
Maurine Murenga
Executive Director
Lean on Me
16.20- 16.25
Getting involved
  • A young person perspective
Danielle Blumer
Student at Nations, 
International School of Geneva
Painting for Education
  • Motivations and inspirations
Gelise McCullough
Painting for an Education
Questions from the floor
Moderated: Winniefred Nalule
Let’s draw together
  • Have your pencil or pen and white paper ready it’s time to draw together
Gelise McCullough
Prize draw of the painting – from participants on the webinar.
Wrap up and end
Moderated: Winniefred Nalule


AND there is more a week later!  On Sunday 6 December we are doing a gentle online yoga class - all levels welcome
Topic: Yoga
Time: Sunday  6 December - 2020 16:00 Central European Time
Join Zoom Meeting
 Meeting ID: 920 0104 4226
Passcode: YOGA4ART
A participation of $10 is most welcome, but it is up to you so Click to donate.
Save both events in your diary NOW and together lets do a little and make a BIG difference to a young persons life
Don’t forget to share with all your friends -
the more we are the more we can do! 
And a lot of a little adds up to much more

Watch the full interview and vision

Through 'Painting for an Education' I want to use art to bring education to girls and women living with HIV/AIDS, to help them to attend school and receive an education. Today it’s a small venture, but most things start that way- I am confident.


My vision is to empower women, invest in their ideas and grow those ideas into long-term opportunities for those living with HIV and their children. Through my work, I have met the most amazing people whose resilience and strength are astounding. To make these dreams come true an education is essential because education opens doors, it provides knowledge and skills to make the best choices.


I sell my artwork and with the proceeds, I pay schools directly and make sure girls have a secure place for the year.  I work with NEPHAK (The National Empowerment Network of people living with HIV in Kenya).


Nancy Auma and Maureen Murenga work directly with me to pay the school fees directly, they stands up for young people living with HIV in Kenya and fights discrimination in schools, click here to hear Juliana's story which I capture on film in 2012 when she was just 19.

See some of my previous artwork that has been sold to support this cause and how I get inspired.


Art for Education

Use of a  talent to grow funds and work with the comunnities so all money is used for education

See current artwork for sale



Community Action

Engaging girls and young women and following their progress and providing support

See girls profiles

See Owen's page



Education for all

Education for all girls, to improve health, wellbeing for better life choises as they move through life with a chronic disease

See lessons learned




Why education matters

UNAIDS estimates that over 34 million people are living with HIV worldwide, the majority, however, are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite huge progress, there are still 400 children a day born with HIV. These are children that will live with the virus all their lives until a cure is found. Technological advances means that treatments are available that will allow these children to live and grow to be healthy adults.


Today there is still much stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. Many families find it hard to find employment and many positive children end up living in a precarious situation with limited school attendance. Education is not free in Africa and families with low incomes find it hard to ensure that their children attend school. Education is key to women’s empowerment in all societies, it allows them to have better control over their lives and make a better decision about their health and welfare. Girls living with HIV are therefore twice as vulnerable without an education.




Leads to Independence,

Safety and Empowerment


Be a Patron of the project for a small amount each month and help a Postive girl stay at school - see here Patreon

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