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.
I have just returned from Kenya, after participating in a CARE for AIDS Impact Trip, and I could not be more impressed with this organization! The work being done with the clients is life-changing. The CFA staff is acting as the hands and feet of Christ in the midst of great poverty and despair, loving and caring for the least of the least. I witnessed lives reclaimed and restored, clients with life stories rewritten, and stories with endings that can now claim a place in eternity. I love the intentionality of the organization to cost-effectively empower those who, because of their HIV status, have been cast aside. They build community among the clients that lives on beyond their graduation: a community that encourages one another and works together to build small businesses. I consider it a privilege to be a part of this organization!