CARE for AIDS opened operations at the center in Ngando in the Ngong Hills in 2014. Ngando is a community about five miles from the city center of Nairobi and the most community members in the area are living in extreme poverty. Nicholas Wafula and Janepher Omollo serve as the center's Spiritual and Health Counselors. The current class of 68 HIV+ clients is expected to graduate in August 2018. This class of clients represents 228 dependent children, and two clients in the current class have already made first-time faith decisions.
Health Counselor: JANEPHER OMOLLO
Jannepher joined the CARE for AIDS team in 2014. She has faithfully served clients in Ngando over the past four years and loves seeing the transformation in their lives.
"I have seen many clients who at first want to die [because of their HIV status] but then they accept themselves and start doing business and can support themselves.”
Spiritual Counselor: NICHOLAS WAFULA
Nicholas is passionate about his work with CARE for AIDS and has done an amazing job recruiting male clients to be in the program over the years.
“I love helping create positive change in a client's life!”
Beatrice is a client at Ngando center. She is 40 years old and has one 18-year-old son. After finding out her HIV status over a year, Beatrice’s husband left her. She’s been adhering to her ARV medication since finding out her status and her health has improved. Beatrice currently lives with her 5 siblings. After the passing of their parents, life was difficult for many of her siblings, so they are living together to support and encourage one another.
Beatrice is a self-employed seamstress. She’s been doing this work since her son was born 18 years ago. She now has her own shop where she works and sells the clothes that she makes. Business goes up and down in different seasons, and she’s grateful for what she’s been able to learn from the CARE for AIDS seminars that she can use to improve her business, even in the slow times. She’s learned creative ways to market herself through the Business Creativity seminar and she’s also learned smart new ways to save money through the Budgeting and Saving seminar. She knows that from what she’s learned she’ll be able to get more clients, expand her business and save more money so that she can continue to support herself and her siblings.
Beatrice is currently working on a dress for Jennifer, the health counselor at Ngando and a suit for Nicholas, the spiritual counselor. She is grateful for all the counseling and support they have given her already through the CARE for AIDS program. She has a renewed hope and joy for life because of the program. We are excited to see the outfits that Beatrice designs and creates for them!