Project #1801

Encourage Rural Communities Know their HIV Status

by Grassroots Empowerment Initiative (GEMINI)

Dear friends,

This calls for some celebration of sorts. A few years ago, we reported how we were facing so many challenges in battling HIV/Aids. Lack of  ARVs, inadequate transportation for PLWHA to reach hospitals, stigma...the list was endless.

The story of Monica is a true reflection of what a positive attitude can do to. She joined our outreach campaign, was diagnosed with the virus but never gave up in her pursuit for a happy life. We provided her with transportation to Kitale district hospital for her dosages of ARVs. We gave her a soft loan to start her own business. We linked her to social support cycles. And we ensouraged her every day.

The annual government report on HIV indicates that HIV prevalence has shot down from 14% to 6% over the previous year. A lot of contributing factors, it says, is the effort by grassroots organizations to sensitize and reach out to PLWHA at the village level.

Although Monica's status has not changed from positive to negative, she is now able to live her life to the fullest. Thanks to being able to access medication.

GEMINI continues to play its role in reaching out to the most vulnerable families in rural areas, where access to medication, nutrition, psycho-social support is minimal. With your support, we will continue to support clients like Monica to enable them enjoy their lives to the maximum.

"I have lived my life to the fullest. I feel that I can still accomplish a lot if given the opportunity. I would like to be at the forefront of crusading for increased budget allocation to community-based groups in their fight against HIV/Aids," says Monica. "With determination, a lot is achievable."

But this doesn't mean the celebration goes on and on and on. With your continued support, we will be able to change the lives of other Monicas, provide them with the much-needed hope.

Thanks for being there for us. Like Monica, we believe your determination will help us achieve a lot!

Dear friends,

GEMINI has always tried to keep you informed of how your donations are being spent. Every step of the way! The aim is to make you own part of the process and feel actively involved in empowering poor communities.

We thank all of you for your continued support.

After the post-election violence in Kenya, a lot of women/girls were, unfortunately, sexually abused. Most continue to languish in camps, with little medical and psychological support.

With your donations, we responded to the crisis. Now that its over, we need to reach out to all the survivors of sexual violence with confidential, free HIV testing.

We are carrying out a Special Appeal that seeks to mobilize funds to set up a specialized VCT center that will provide women/girls with these services.

But we need you help.

We are kindly requesting you to read the attached newsletter that provides some background information on this very important project.

And we are also requesting you to act and make a donation to any of GEMINI projects to enable us accomplish our goal.

Thanks so much and please, remember, any donation will be highly appreciate.


As the world marked the World Aids Day recently, GEMINI decided to reach out to a very important target audience: orphans and street families.

We visited the local Children's Home where street families are sheltered. Our activities included Mobile VCT services, edutainment (drama, skits, music) and modeling.

We were able to provide VCT services to 37 families, counseling to 68 high-risk women and a career development training session to 23 young people.

"I had no idea some people could be so compassionate!!"quips Karis, a 23-year old beneficiary. "Its been only a day and I feel today has compensated eleven months of misery and depression...Thanks so much!!"

The turnout was overwhelming and we have already established mechanisms to follow-up activities on the clients and provide them with treatment, psychosocial care and social support.

We are planning for a series of outreach campaigns which will reach out to all the street families in the district and treat them to an Early Christmas.

Thanks for all the supporters who have continued to exude confidence in us.

In August, GEMINI launched a new concept of increasing awareness about HIV/Aids. The idea was to get as many people as we could to get tested for HIV using mobile VCT. The result was overwhelming!!

But now one month later, we are being forced to recruit more VCT counsellors!! In the first week of September, we had 413 people inquiring about the mobile VCT, with our personnel testing 167.

In the second week, we tested 204 clients, third week: 254 and this week: 197.

Mobile VCT seeks to reach out to marginalized communities and provide them with services, condoms, social support and spiritual care.

We are now planning to increase our efficiency by introducing Moonlight VCT where we will reach out to underserved clients, especially commercial sex workers, truck drivers and other hard-to-reach clients.

As usual, we have all our supporters and donors to thank for all our work.

Please keep up the splendid work!!


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Organization Information

Grassroots Empowerment Initiative (GEMINI)

Project Leader:
Stella Amojong
Program Coordinator

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