The CARE for AIDS center in Kongowea opened in late 2015 in the Kongowea slum in Mombasa. The community was excited to have the program and recruitment was quick, with many potential clients on the list for our next phase.
Spiritual Counselor Catherine Kahuhe
Catherine came on staff with CARE for AIDS in 2015 and was one of the first female spiritual counselors on the team. She is a strong leader and is passionate about her work with the clients in Kongowea.
“My favorite part of my work is when I counsel clients and I teach them the word of God, the true Gospel. I want to give them hope and to see them independent and living beyond their status."
Health Counselor James Mshenga
James joined the CARE for AIDS team in 2015 and has faithfully counseled and served three classes of clients in Kongowea.
“My favorite part of my job is visiting the clients at their homes and counseling them. It gives me more joy to see these people transforming.”
YEAR GRADUATES FAITH-DECISIONS ORPHANS PREVENTED
2016-2017 68 27 87
2017-2018 80 22 226
2018-2019 TBD TBD TBD
Several years ago, Mary fell ill. Her husband had left her with their three young children, so she asked her sister to accompany her to the hospital. At the hospital that day, the doctor told her she was HIV-positive. Mary was devastated.
When her family found out, they rejected her. When she tried to visit their rural home, her brother beat her and didn't allow her to share a meal or even drink from the same water source as the rest of the family.
After being rejected by family, Mary moved to the Githurai community with her children. She began to collect plastic bottles to resell for income. She barely made enough money for her family to survive and she and her children often went 2 or 3 days in a row without food.
Mary learned about the CARE for AIDS program from other clients at the clinic where she got her medication and she joined the program in Githurai at the beginning of 2018. When she first joined the program, she still had a lot of internalized-stigma and shame because of her HIV status. Through the counseling she received in the program, she has found a new sense of pride and purpose. She has regained her confidence and is now willing to talk freely with close friends, her children, and people in the church about her status.
Mary has learned a variety of skills in the program- her favorites were business marketing and cake baking. She attends a savings group in hopes of having enough money to start her own business baking and selling cakes and samosas soon. Mary's life has changed completely since joining the program and she is now able to support her children and live a life full of confidence and hope.