Mission: CARE for AIDS exists to mobilize the church in caring, both physically and spiritually, for families affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya. By serving those affected by this disease, CARE for AIDS transforms families, congregations, and entire African communities.
Results: As of summer 2012, CARE for AIDS has graduated over 1700 families from the program, representing over 6,000 children with a new future. We have seen over 500 first-time professions of faith in our clients alone.
Target demographics: Families in Kenyan slums where one or both parents are HIV-positive. We target areas with high poverty rates and search for the families in the most desperate circumstances.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,050 clients representing families with over 3,000 children.
Geographic areas served: 5 communities around Kisumu and 9 communities around Nairobi, Kenya.
Programs: 14 ongoing CARE for AIDS centers exist in partnership with local Kenyan churches to care for 75 families each year through a comprehensive nine-month program. The program includes one-on-one counseling, home visits, small group formation, and economic empowerment seminars. Each center employs two Kenyan community health workers full time and costs $1,500 per month to operate.
Care for Aids provides support for the whole individual as a focus of their mission: physical, mental and spiritual. In this way, they have been able to change the lives of people potentially devastated by Aids in a culture that ostracizes those who have contracted the disease. They provide the individual with not just support and medicine, but also hope - and the tools to support themselves financially and relationships that transcend the loneliness typically associated with those diagnosed with Aids. It is truly a tremendous organization!