We sent a team to Mtito Andei in early January to work with Global Roots manager Ritchie Mutua Martin on the expansion of outreach activities in Mtito Andei.
This poor region of Kenya remains one of epicenters for the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kenya. Nearly 60% of the woman here are HIV positive and because many of them are widows, they are forced to turn tricks with truck drivers who stop here over night. Mtito is located halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa and it has always served as an R&R location for truck drivers.
We have always seen the need for an HIV/AIDS education kiosk on the highway so we were pleased when a San Francisco financier agreed to raise funds for it.
Our cultural center on tribal land near Mtito will be used to train the young men who will man the kiosk.
Ritchie Mutua brings a great deal of knowledge to our outreach team because he used to do HIV/AIDS outreach in the Mtito community for the Kenyan Wildlife Service.
Besides our outreach activities, we continue to fund two children's gardens and chicken egg farms in the local area for a successful school lunch program. We also provide solar lighting to dark huts so that children from poor families can do their homework.
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