Sinai is a slum located in Nairobi- it is most famous for a tragic community wide fire caused by an oil spill in 2011. It is a densely populated area with a high HIV infection rate. CARE for AIDS began operation of a center in the Sinai community in 2014. Matthew Mbatha and Maureen Shididi serve as the Spiritual and Health Counselors (pictured below).
Medical Counselor, Maureen Kayaro Shididi
Maureen has been employed with CFA since 2014. She has a degree in Social Work and Community Development, which has been a dream come true. Another dream realized has been working with CFA.
“It has been my dream to work with our organization that helps the community and thanks to God I found myself in the right place where I feel I have fitted, talking to people and changing lives. It has been my passion. I want to change more lives.”
Spiritual Counselor, Mathew Mbatha
Mbatha is married to Peninnah and they have one young child. He grew up in Machakos County, raised in a poor family. Thanks to the support of many, he now holds a degree in Theology and has been serving with CFA since 2014. He wants supporters to know,
“Through your support, lives have been transformed, souls have been won for Christ and families/communities/societies have been impacted by empowering skills.”
Katherine is 30 years old, has been married 14 years (he is not HIV+), and has 5 children: 17, 12, 9, 7, and 8 months. The children are not HIV+.
When she was 20, she started getting boils and could not work. She went to a hospital and realized her status. She was married by then. She was not getting proper treatment. She told her husband and they went back to the hospital together. They separated for 8 months because she was very shocked. She transferred hospitals and was an outpatient. He finally accepted her status and returned.
When Katherine started the program she was able to overcome the stigma of her diagnosis and realize her self-worth. She met Jesus in the program.
Because of the program, she is able to sustain herself. Though she has never been to school herself, she has liked learning life skills (like making bar soap) through her savings group. They also make peanut butter with a machine bought by a foundation. Bar soap, 50 shillings; peanut butter, 130 - 250 shillings.
Katherine prays that as she begins her business selling tissues and soaps, that it will be successful. She prays for continued health. Her biggest hope is to educate her children.
DONATE TO THE CARE FOR AIDS CENTER IN SINAI
Jon and Kylie White have gathered their community to support the CARE for AIDS center in the Sinai Community. Sinai is an extension of the larger Eastleigh slums of Nairobi, which has a population of about 1 million people. This particular community has about 300,000 residents and there is a very high HIV infection rate in the area.
Through the CARE for AIDS center, 80 HIV+ community members per year will be empowered to take control of their disease through medical counseling, spiritual counseling, economic empowerment and social support.