This project will provide all basic needs including food, school costs, health and emotional care, medications and shelter in a vetted guardian home to a child in Makindu, Kenya who is infected with HIV.
Kenya has the 3rd largest population of people living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. Makindu Children's Program currently serves 46 children as well as 66 guardians who are infected with HIV, who are responsible for raising 240-330 children. Social stigma is prevalent in Makindu, but MCP provides trainings on how to properly care for and live with those who are infected with HIV.
MCC provides free HIV counseling and testing with trained counselors, AIDS education and awareness, an HIV library of materials, and a safe and supportive recreational facility for the vulnerable children. While there are many people in the region living with HIV, anti-retroviral treatment and counseling prove to be effective in curbing the disease, adding many years to their lives. The children at MCC receive monthly medical and emotional care along with anti-retroviral medications.
With this project we will be able to feed, educate and provide comprehensive care to 20 children living with HIV in Makindu for one full year, which will enable the children to continue their education and enjoy being children.