Likoni is a community in Mombasa that is considered to be the poorest community in all of Mombasa County. There is a strong Muslim presence in this community, and there is a high rate of crime, intravenous drug use, prostitution, and teen pregnancy— all of which contribute to the unusually high rate of HIV (9.8%). Francis (Mombasa Regional Coordinator) has reported that, due to the rate of HIV and incredibly dense population in this area, the leadership team is considering placing more than once center in this large community over the next few years.
Health Counselor, Gladys Mati:
Gladys joined the CARE for AIDS team in August of 2017. This is her first job out of university and she feels right at home. Gladys feels called to serve the HIV+ population and has developed a great relationship with all of the clients in this class.
"This is a great cause of work and may the Lord Almighty give you the grace to continue giving as we continue to serve and change the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.”
Spiritual Counselor, Matthew Atieno:
Matthew came on staff with CARE for AIDS in August of 2017 and loves his role at the center in Likoni.
“My goal for the clients is to allow them to have better future through the skills we teach. Also, for the ones who have no personal relationship with Christ, I work to assist them to know Christ.”
Year graduates Faith-Decisions Orphans prevented
2017-2018 76 4 250
2018-2019 82 current TBD TBD
Nellie has been disabled since she was 14 years old. She uses crutches to help her walk and cannot get around easily. Her husband and passed away and she is now a single mother caring for two twin girls. Ever since her husband passed, she’s struggled to make ends meet since finding work that she is able to physically do is difficult. Nellie is a member at the church where CARE for AIDS opened a center in the Likoni community. The pastor announced during service that the program was open to enrollment and for anyone who was HIV positive and interested to talk to him later for more information. Unashamed of her status, Nellie went to the pastor immediately after the service to sign up.
In the CARE for AIDS program, Nellie has learned several new skills including how to make aloe vera soap, detergent, yogurt, floor mats, and beadwork. The great thing about all of these skills for Nellie is that she can do them from the comfort of her own home and the work isn’t straining on her body. She’s now able to keep herself busy creating these items at home and then either sells them at the market or has her girls sell them to others in the community. During the month when Likoni center had a seminar about how to create beadwork,
Nellie was almost kicked out of her house for not paying rent. Nellie was able to make and sell a beadwork handbag that she sold and made enough profit to pay both her rent and the power company for the month. Nellie is also grateful for the friendships she has formed in the CARE for AIDS program. A couple months ago, Nellie contracted malaria and wasn’t able to attend one of the seminars. After the seminar, Nellie’s new friends from the program brought extra supplies to her house and taught her how to make the mats they had learned about that day. Nellie says, “In CARE for AIDS, the counselors bring us together and then we all lift one another up.”
Help Support Likoni Center
The James family traveled to Kenya for the first time in 2018 and fell in love with the CARE for AIDS model of holistic care. We are thrilled to invite our friends to partner with us as we partner with Likoni Center in Mombasa.