The Tassia community is located in the Nairobi Eastlands and has an estimated population of 37,000, most of whom are unemployed and live in extreme poverty. The HIV infection rate in Tassia is reported at 12%, and the community is known for its high rate of drunkenness, prostitution, and crime. The CARE for AIDS center in Tassia operates in partnership with Christ Community Church of Tassia under the leadership of Reverend Daniel Makara.
Spiritual Counselor: Dominic Muchir
Dominic joined CFA in 2017 because he has a passion for the needy in society. He and his wife Mary, have two children. His favorite part of the job is, “When I am helping people know themselves better and grow closer to God.”
Medical Counselor: Ruth Wambui Kamau
Ruth grew up in Nairobi, the first of six children raised by a single mom. Today she is married raising three children of her own. She joined CFA to bring hope to the hopeless and to love the unlovable. She feels a calling to serve through CFA.
“My dream for the clients is to see them overcome the stigma of HIV ,and be able to stand and take care of their families.”
Year graduates Faith-Decisions Orphans prevented
2017-2018 75 11 250
2018-2019 TBD TBD TBD
When Zihurra found that she was HIV-positive, she wanted to die. Her husband had left her to care for their 1-month old baby alone, and she had no way of making money. She was lonely and feared for her son's future. Her anxiety about the future overtook her life, and she stopped taking her ARV medication. She quickly became very sick. Eventually, her sickness drove her to the local clinic, where she was referred to the CARE for AIDS program at Christ Church Tassia.
When she first joined the program, Zihurra's viral load was high and her immune system was weak. She told the center counselors truth about not taking her medications, but that she was ready to change and that she wanted to get better. She wanted to live and be the one to raise her son. Zihurrah now has many new friends who she shares life with. She is an active member of a savings group, and she now fellowships at Christ Church. After hearing the Gospel from Dominic, Tassia Center's Spiritual Counselor, she accepted Christ as her personal savior. Zihurra celebrated her graduation from the program in mid-November, and she has a great deal of hope for the future of her family.