Tassia Center

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The Tassia community is located in the Nairobi Eastlands and has an estimated population of 37,000, most of whom are unemployed and live in extreme poverty. The HIV infection rate in Tassia is reported at 12%, and the community is known for its high rate of drunkenness, prostitution, and crime. The CARE for AIDS center in Tassia operates in partnership with Christ Community Church of Tassia under the leadership of Reverend Daniel Makara. 

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Spiritual Counselor: Dominic Muchir

Dominic joined CFA in 2017 because he has a passion for the needy in society.  He and his wife Mary, have two children.  His favorite part of the job is, “When I am helping people know themselves better and grow closer to God.

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Medical Counselor: Ruth Wambui Kamau

Ruth grew up in Nairobi, the first of six children raised by a single mom.  Today she is married raising three children of her own. She joined CFA to bring hope to the hopeless and to love the unlovable.  She feels a calling to serve through CFA.   

“My dream for the clients is to see them overcome the stigma of HIV ,and be able to stand and take care of their families.”

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Mtongwe Center

The CARE for AIDS center in the Mtongwe community launched in July of 2017. Mtongwe is a slum community in the outskirts of Mombasa Town - the community has a high HIV infection rate which is largely caused by prostitution. The CARE for AIDS center in Mtongwe operates in partnership with Deliverance Church Mtongwe (pictured below) under the leadership of Bishop Michael Onyango and center counselors Gideon Mtuku and Elina Goho.

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Tandale Center

The CARE for AIDS center in the Tandale community in Dar es Salaam Tanzania launched in July of 2017. Tandale is a densely populated community with a prominent sex industry and a high HIV infection rate. Community members have very little access to education and medical care and most live in extreme poverty. The CARE for AIDS center in Tandale operates in partnership with Kivukoni Evangelistic Church under the leadership of Bishop David Mwasota and center counselors Shadrack Julius and Judith Komba.

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Mawenzi Center

The CARE for AIDS center in the Mawenzi community launched in September of 2017. Mawenzi is a slum community on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam with an estimated population of 78,500. Community members live in informal settlements in the densely populated slum and have very little access to basic utilities like clean water and electricity.

The CARE for AIDS center in Mawenzi operates in partnership with Gospel Assembly Mission Church under the leadership of Pastor Perpetua Bayege Simon (pictured below) and center counselors Christina Mayunga and Kingsley Mwakinyali.


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Spiritual Counselor, Kingsley Mwakinvali: Kingsley grew up in a large family in Zambia and is incredibly passionate about his work with CARE for AIDS. 

"My life growing up was tough, and I know there are many out there who are suffering. It feels good to help!" 

Health Counselor, Christina Mayunga: Christine joined the CARE for AIDS team in 2017 and she has faithfully and joyfully served clients in the Mawenzi community. 

"Counseling is definitely my favorite part of my job!"


Flora, Mawenzi Center Client: Flora found out she was HIV-positive when she was pregnant with her second child. Her husband had known he was infected, but had not yet told her. It was 1991 when she found out, and there was not good medical care or medication readily available for HIV patients at the time. Flora and her husband started going to witch doctors and healers for help. Unfortunately, her husband quickly became very ill and had to quit his job. In 1994, her husband passed away and Flora was left afraid and alone.

When she went to the village to bury her husband, his family blamed her for his death. They chased Flora away and would not let her take their two children with her. They stole everything that belonged to her, including her home. Enraged, Flora immediately found a legal nonprofit to help her regain custody of her children. 

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After she won the legal battle for her children, Flora didn't know what to do next. She didn’t have work, she was living with HIV, her husband had died, and she didn’t have any money. She started doing small jobs whenever she could, and the church she attended helped her when they could- they gave Flora food and clothes and helped her to pay the children’s school fees.

In 2017, one of her friends told her about a local church that had opened a program for people who were living with HIV. The neighbor had been a client at a different CARE for AIDS center but had heard of the new center near Flora’s home in Mawenzi. Because the program was hosted in a church, Flora felt comfortable attending. Flora has now been a client at Mazwenzi center for 8 months. She has seen her stigma melt away completely because of this program. She has lived in the Mawenzi area all her life, but she has met new people through the program that have become like family to her. During group therapy, they share the issues they are facing and advise one another on how to get through their challenges. They encourage and love one another.

Flora no longer lives in fear or shame. Even when others talk negatively about HIV or AIDS, she is not afraid to educate them about the disease and disclose her status. Through the CARE for AIDS counseling, Flora has learned how to take care of her health and her children’s health. She has learned how to eat a proper diet and she has learned the importance of adhering well to her medication. Through the economic empowerment seminars, Flora has also learned how to make soap, detergent, bead necklaces and earrings, handbags, and tie-dye. She sells what she makes to people that live nearby or at the local market. Flora’s goal is to become a CARE for AIDS seminar facilitator one day. Her desire is for other people to experience the same freedom that she has experienced because of this program.

Chanika Center

The CARE for AIDS center in the Chanika community launched in October 2017. Chanika is a densely populated slum in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam with a high HIV infection rate. Stigma related to HIV/AIDS is strong in the community, and many HIV+ community members live in fear of losing their jobs and families because of their status. 

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The CARE for AIDS center in Chanika operates in partnership with Power of God Church (pictured to the left) under the leadership of Pastor Dunkan Ludovic Rweikila and center counselors Happiness Gawaya and Emmanuel Kimati.