CARE for AIDS
So, we're moving to Kenya, but what exactly will we be doing there? Great question! We'll be moving to Nairobi and working for CARE for AIDS for the next two years. CARE for AIDS is a non-profit organization that serves HIV+ adults through local churches. HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death in Kenya, a country with the 4th largest HIV epidemic in the world. Often these deaths are premature and as a result, 60% of Kenya's orphans are because of AIDS. Stigma, discrimination, lack of education and resources all exacerbate this problem.
CARE for AIDS is approaching the orphan crisis differently. By intervening in the lives of HIV+ parents, we empower them to live long enough to raise and educate their children and even see their grandchildren.
CARE for AIDS has created an innovative model of care that engages local leaders, churches, and communities in caring for families affected by HIV/AIDS. CARE for AIDS operates 40 centers throughout Kenya and each center is located within a local church. Each center has two counselors who guide a class of 80 clients at a time through a nine-month program. Throughout the program these clients experience transformation in five key areas: physical, emotional, social, economic, and spiritual. This is done through a series of activities that include one-on-one counseling sessions, group training seminars, home visits and support groups.
After being in existence for only 9 years, CARE for AIDS employs 105 African staff and operates 40 centers in Kenya & Tanzania. They have seen over 8,100 clients graduate from their 9-month program, preventing over 26,700 children from becoming orphans. Of those 8,100+ graduates, over 2,300 of them made the decision to accept Christ as Lord! What a great cause for celebration!! So many lives have been and continue to be transformed by the work that CARE for AIDS is doing in East Africa.
Our primary roles through CARE for AIDS are Discipleship Coordinator (Aaron) and Impact Trip Coordinator (Casey). Aaron will be managing the evangelism and discipleship curriculum and training the spiritual counselors who work as CARE for AIDS employees in each of the centers. He will also be furthering the relationships with our current church partners as well as making connections to find potential new church partners. Casey will be planning the logistics for all of the CARE for AIDS Impact Trip teams that visit Kenya throughout the year. Together, we'll host these teams in our home in Kenya! Additionally, Casey will be collecting stories and media about CARE for AIDS clients and centers to share with donors in the U.S.
In order to go and do this work, we are raising funds to support us while we're living in Kenya for the next two years! We need a total of $3500 per month in commitments before we leave and we'd love for you to consider being a part of our team. The stick figures below represent exactly how many people we need to get us to our goal!
If you have questions or want more information, we'd love to sit down with you to tell you more! Send us a note through our contact form or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. If you already know that you want to commit to being a part of our support team, simply click here to fill out a commitment card and we'll be in touch with you very soon!
We are so grateful to those of you who have already joined our team! We are excited to take the gospel to Kenya on your behalf and we cannot wait to share stories with you of all that God is doing in Kenya through CARE for AIDS! Thank you for being on this journey with us!