The children are coping with the grief of losing their parents and at the same time, struggling with adult responsibilities.
They spend their days growing and preparing food, collecting water or working for food or money.
Many children have left school because they don't have time to go and have no school equipment or money for fees.
They lack security and adult protection.
Their neighbours and relatives are usually just as poor and can't offer any help.
People disregard their rights and even take their home, land or belongings.
These families stay together and look after each other, especially the younger ones.
The older children sacrifice their education to have time to provide for their family.
Some live in or rebuild their family home and have land they can cultivate.