Gachie is a community on the outskirts of Nairobi close to the Westlands neighborhood. Many of the residents commute into the city to work casual jobs on the compounds of wealthy Kenyans or expats. Because of its proximity to the city, the community is known for its high rates of crime and violence. CARE for AIDS started a center in Gachie in partnership with Deliverance Church in May of 2010. John Mugwe and Sarah Kimotho (pictured below) have served as the center's Spiritual and Health Counselors since the center's launch in 2010.
SARAH KIMOTHO, HEALTH COUNSELOR:
Sarah joined the CARE for AIDS team in 2010 and has faithfully served as the Health Counselor at Gachie for seven years. She and her husband Daniel have two daughters and one son.
JOHN MUGWE, SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR:
John joined the CARE for AIDS team in 2010 and has faithfully served as the Spiritual Counselor in Gachie for seven years. He and his wife Fresia live in the Gachie and have three daughters and one son.
Year graduates Faith-Decisions Orphans prevented
2010-2011 77 13 229
2011-2012 74 13 196
2012-2013 60 15 235
2013-2014 65 7 206
2014-2015 74 15 304
2015-2016 39 19 231
2016-2017 38 22 149
2018-2019 80 (current class) TBD TBD
ALPHINE ODOYO NGON, 2016 Gachie Gradaute
Alphine was pregnant with her second born when her husband died from complications related to his HIV status. A week after her husband’s death Alphene delivered the baby and, tragically, a week after delivery the baby passed away. After the sudden death of her child she sought medical attention and found that she too was HIV+. Soon after her diagnosis she left her rural home in Kisumu and moved to Nairobi—she was depressed and in denial and she refused to take her medication. Within a few months of moving to Nairobi Alphine’s health deteriorated and she became bedridden. When she finally got to the hospital in Nairobi, her CD4 count was 3*.
Alphine was determined not to die, and she immediately started taking her medication. She was referred by a friend at the clinic to the CARE for AIDS program in Gachie, and she immediately joined the program in 2016. After a few months of counseling she made a decision to become a Christian and began studying the Bible and praying with her support group in the program. Her health drastically improved thanks to the medical counseling and food supplements she received from the center, and she quickly learned a variety of skills from the CARE for AIDS empowerment seminars.
By the time she graduated from the program in 2016 she was running two small businesses—a tailor shop and a vegetable stand. She has since hired two of her classmates from the program to help her run her businesses, and she is thriving physically, economically, and spiritually.