In Kenya, countless women with HIV and AIDS resign to their fates of having to live in slums isolated and without help, feeling ashamed from the stigma of community members. One social worker, Mary, was tired of answering phones only to hear that another child was orphaned in these impoverished areas. She knew something could be different. She knew that there was some way for these women to feel better about their situations and get the help they need for their own health, and the health of their families.
This social worker decided to make a change and develop a way to empower these women to lead fuller, more successful lives. This was the birth of Living Positive Kenya, a community-based organization working with women who have HIV/AIDS.
In this program, women go through an intensive 18-month training in psycho-social counseling to accept their positive status, and skill training and business plan development to enter the market able to generate income for their families. They also receive homecare visits and transportation to medical appointments to help with the physical and mental afflictions of this disease.
The training has enabled more women to stay alive and take care of their own children, preventing numerous Kenyan kids from orphanage life. Through the Living Positive Kenya program, the community has accepted the women and they no longer have to live in fear or isolation.
Living Positive Kenya started out of the spirit of selfless giving. Its growth and future sustainability depends on volunteers who come to Kenya willing and wanting to help empower these women.
It is a rewarding moment to see children coming home to their mothers and not to orphanage dorms. If you’d like to help with the Living Positive Kenya program, contact us and let us know!