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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

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.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kate39

Donor

Rating: 5

We originally gave to CFA because our great nephew is one of the amazing, dedicated young men who founded this work. Having seen and heard just how powerful this ministry is, through CFA Updates and from the lips of those on the ground in Kenya, we know it is something we will continue to support - because it WORKS! The CFA model is simply brilliant. By training and holding up the arms of local ministers/counselors, they have overcome barriers of distrust and fear among their clients. By providing Spiritual, Emotional and Physical counseling they are changing the lives and eternal destinies of people. Families have real hope and regain self respect by working as they grow stronger. We are very grateful for and pray for God's continued favor on those who serve in and support CFA. George & Kate Flury

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to Kenya and seen exactly what this ministry is accomplishing with a wonderful Kenyan staff and a few dedicated American workers! They all love the Lord and their Kenyan clients.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support CARE for AIDS because I believe wholeheartedly in their mission of serving those with HIV/AIDS physically and spiritually. I know my donations are going to help clients in Kenya with HIV in tangible ways. I've been privileged to travel to Kenya and see this work firsthand, and get to know the Kenyans who are the hands and feet of this ministry. I believe in the staff at CARE for AIDS and know their heart. They want to share the love of Christ to a suffering population in Kenya, the same way Jesus did -- first treating their physical needs, then offering them eternal life.

Gayle8

Donor

Rating: 5

THIS ORGANIZATION, BEGUN BY A HANDFUL OF TWENTY-SOMETHINGS JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, HAS DEMONSTRATED REMARKABLE MATURITY, EFFICIENCY, MARKETING AND COMPASSION. GOD'S HAND HAS BLESSED THEIR HUMBLE EFFORTS MAGNIFICENTLY. THE LIVES AND FAMILIES OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN IMPACTED POSITIVELY, THROUGH BOTH PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL ASSISTANCE.

Donor

Rating: 5

Care for AiDS is one of the best nonprofits I could support. I'm so proud of how they make sure to actively share the gospel with their patients. So few organizations do this and it is truly the biggest reason why I am so thankful for Care for AIDS continuing to grow! Keep it up!

Angie17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to several third world countries over the past 5 years, but my visit to Kenya and approximately 10 of the CFA Centers impacted me in a mighty way. To see the amazing work of both the physical and spiritual counsellors was truly an experience I will never forget! I saw lives being reached in a way that modeled Jesus' ministry. I saw staff members care for both body and soul of each individual. I had the opportunity to see the process from beginning to end by visiting centers one month into the program all the way to experiencing one center's graduation ceremony! How exciting to have the privilege of seeing God's work first hand. CFA is changing the world one life and soul at a time!

Donor

Rating: 5

Care for Aids is working in a unique way to assist the emotional, physical and spritual needs of adults and families with HIV/AIDS in Kenya. As a donor and having been on trips to see the work they are doing in Kenya, I can confirm the impact they are having with the over 2000 friends they have graduated from their program. Their team in the states and on the ground in Kenya are dedicated to serving those in need and I look forward to partnering with them to expand the number of centers in the future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Care for Aids and the impact it is having in Kenya and the families they serve is tremendous. Their model and committement to their communities is one that all organizations should take note of.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to watch the growth of CARE for AIDS (CFA) from the very beginning. Knowing the founders personally, I trusted that my donations would be used wisely, and I have supported CFA financially for the past several years. In June 2012, I was able to travel to Kenya for the first time with CFA. Seeing the ministry firsthand made me even more confident in and enthusiastic about the mission and strategies of CFA. They understand that you must meet people's physical needs before meeting their spiritual needs. The way they partner with the local churches in Kenya is ideal, because the center workers know the community that they are working with and are most equipped to meet their needs. I was most impressed with the center workers, as they go above and beyond their basic job descriptions and are truly concerned with helping clients to "live positively." Getting to know them was the highlight of my trip! The clients go through a 9-month program. They are provided a food ration, have weekly counseling sessions with the medical and spiritual counselor, attend seminars to become educated on health issues and job skills, and are visited in their homes by the center workers. CFA walks alongside the clients during their time in the program and seeks to equip them to live healthy, self-sustaining lives. The program focuses on adults, but when adults are alive and healthy, they can take care of their children. I believe that the holistic focus of CFA is unique and truly impactful to the families and communities in Kenya.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

I participated in a Vision Trip to Kenya in March of 2011 and I was struck by the amount of economic poverty and social isolation that resulted from HIV and AIDS infected individuals. CARE for AIDS has transformed many victims to victors - helping them find salvation along the way. I was fortunate to have founders Nick and Justin as my classmates in college and their unbridled enthusiasm for helping others in need resulted in this great initiative. CARE for AIDS is doing wonderful work in Africa - keep up the good job!

Donor

Rating: 5

When Justin began to explain what he and his partners have done with Care for Aids it touched our hearts. My wife Diana and I truly appreciate what the organization is doing for kids and the region. We look forward to being a growing part of this organization and observing and contributing to the amazing work and passion they bring every day.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Care For Aids has proven to have true impact in coming alongside persons who usually have lost all hope, who feel they are waiting to die. CFA "loves the less lovely", meeting these people in the real bottom of the pit, giving them physical comfort and hope for their health being restored, for a better life. CFA does all this as the "hands and feet of Jesus Christ". CFA is an excellent manager of there money and resources trusted to them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I got a chance to go on home visits while living in Kenya in 2010. We love that it was Christ focused and Keyan led. We walked from home to home with the CFA spiritual counselor and got to visit with the members of the program. We prayed with them and told them we loved them. Care for Aids is a great ministry and blesses people everyday. I am proud to support an organization that brings the love of Christ in such a personal and intimate way.

Sherry15

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched Care For Aids grow from a vision in a college dorm room to an international ministry that saves lives. Twice I have been to Africa and visited clients who were resurrected through Care For Aids from deaths door. CFA is about Kenyans working to save Kenyans physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually. Hurting people who have given up on being loved, being cared about and living are nurtured and coached back to a healthy and vibrant life. There would be no need for orphanages in Africa if all HIV+ adults could attend the CFA programs which extend their lives and restore their purpose. The organization is extremely frugal and the leadership committed to financial responsibility. I encourage you to go on a CFA Vision Trip that will thrill you with what is happening in Kenya or to financially and prayerfully support them from home. There is NO doubt that your money is saving lives and restoring parents to children when you donate to Care For Aids.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first found out about CARE for AIDS about a year ago. Three of their representatives shared their testimonies about how God has been working in their villages in Kenya. Their grassroots no "hype" model for service and donations really drew me in. Their heart and passion truly shines through and yet they are some of the most humble people I've met in an organization like this. I hope to go on a trip and volunteer for them sometime soon!

Brooke7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on a missions trip to work with Care for Aids in February of 2012. The trip was amazing. I was SO impressed at the level of local Kenyan leadership and ownership in this ministry. I also love the "teach a man to fish" philosophy. This organization trains the Kenyan leadership and the clients to take care of themselves and be self supporting as they live with the HIV/AIDS virus AND to share what they have learned with others. Their model has vision and wisdom and compassion. And, I loved each and every leader (American and Kenyan) and client that I met. It was a terrific experience and everything I continue to hear about Care for Aids has been terrific. They have great respect in the community as well which allows them to continue to accomplish more as they work to support, educate, and heal those with HIV/AIDS in Kenya and East Africa.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only is Care for Aids a compassionate Christian mission, but they are also exceptionally wise. Their service model is one of the most inspiring, effective, and sustainable systems I have ever seen. Very impressive!