Manyatta is the second largest informal settlement in Kisumu, Kenya. A majority of the residents in the community are experiencing extreme poverty- 77% of residents have to walk a considerable distance to access clean water and only 30% of households have access to electricity. The HIV infection rate is high, and CARE for AIDS has been working in the community since 2013.
Spiritual Counselor, Timon Elisha Kai
Pastor Timon has been serving with CFA since 2014 and wants to be a pillar of hope to people living with HIV/AIDS in my community and beyond.
”Pastor Timon tells us, “I lost my 4 brothers to HIV/AIDS and my family was greatly affected. I got inspired to pursue more knowledge in HIV related studies and a passion to serve people living with HIV/AIDS.”
YEAR GRADUATES FAITH-DECISIONS ORPHANS PREVENTED
2013-2014 70 36 204
2014-2015 73 36 237
2015-2016 68 29 228
2016-2017 76 31 262
2017-2018 78 30 298
2018-2019 70 21 238
Jacinta, 2018 Manyatta AIC Graduate:
When Jacinta joined the CARE for AIDS program in 2018 she was in denial about her status. She was struggling to put food on the table for her family and her health was quickly deteriorating. Once she joined the program, she realized she was not alone. She immediately began adhering to her medication and her health improved. She learned skills like beadwork, soap making, and basket weaving- skills she now uses to earn an income and provide for her children.
“For me, this program has been wonderful. I am now healthy and strong!” - Jacinta
Evelyne, 2016 Manyatta AIC Graduate:
Evelyne graduated from the CARE for AIDS program in Manyatta in April of 2016. After the seminars on money management and business skills, she felt like she was prepared to start a small business, so she began by saving money - something she learned about in the program. When she had enough capital, she built a small grocer stall in front of her house, and bought some produce to begin selling. Almost a year after her graduation, she is still going strong. She says business goes up and down, but in general, it’s going well and she is able to take care of herself and her family.