The CARE for AIDS center in the Miritini community (a suburb of Mombasa) launched in 2017. The center is hosted in the Kenya Assemblies of God Church of Miritini. The Miritini community is in the Changamwe Sub-County, which is the Sub-County ranked second in HIV-prevalence in Mombasa. There are approximately 30,000 people living in the Miritini community, many of whom live in informal settlements and work day laborer jobs in the various Export Processing Zones near the neighborhood.
HEALTH COUNSELOR, CLARE SHIEUNDA:
Clare joined the CARE for AIDS team in 2017. She is passionate about her work in the Miritini community and loves working with the clients.
"I love working at CARE for AIDS because it enables me to reach out and help the community.
SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR, SOLOMON KYENGO:
Solomon joined the CARE for AIDS team in 2017 and has faithfully served clients in Miritini as the center's spiritual counselor. In the most recent graduating class, Solomon was honored to lead 20 clients to faith.
Year graduates Faith-Decisions Orphans prevented
2017-2018 67 20 273
2018- 2019 76 15 203
2019-2020 80 current clients TBD TBD
When Hadija joined the CARE for AIDS program in 2017 she was strongly committed to Islam. She often wondered why she felt led to join a program hosted in a Christian church, but it all became clear to her when her husband suddenly passed away. The love and support she received from her classmates and counselors during that difficult time made her see the program as a gift from God. Her husband had been the income generator of their family, but because she was in the CARE for AIDS program, she was already learning skills so that she could employ herself and earn enough money to sustain her life after his death. “I am now a businesswoman,” she says.
Not only did she learn skills in the program, but Hadija also learned through the program how to forgive her husband. She had held bitterness in her heart for many years because she suspected her husband had infected her with HIV, but through CARE for AIDS she was able to understand the power of forgiveness and offered it to her husband before he died.
Through CARE for AIDS, Hadija says she feels that she’s been drawn closer to God. She completed the entire Christian devotion booklet she received in her spiritual counseling sessions and she recently received her first Bible. She is currently reading her Bible and often shares what she’s read with her friends and neighbors. Hadija recently graduated from the CARE for AIDS program in Miritini, Mombasa and is thriving. She is currently helping out at other CARE for AIDS centers by encouraging and motivating Muslim clients to join and stay active in all parts of the program. We are excited to see God continue to draw her to Himself through her community, the local church, and the Word.
Economic Empowerment seminar at Miritini Center, 2018
"I finally believe it is possible to send my children to University." - Betty, 2018 Miritini Center Graduate