Partners in Kenya
Click on a partner below to find out more about their work improving the lives of children affected by HIV & AIDS in Kenya.
Ace Africa - Kenya
Based in Siaya County, near the Ugandan border, where high HIV prevalence means more than 1 in 5 children have lost a parent, Ace Africa's mission is to improve the lives of children and their communities through cost effective programmes.
With almost half the population living on less than $1.25 a day, the AIDS epidemic keenly affects the children of the region - putting them more at risk of malnutrition and infection, and reducing their families' ability to pay for schooling. Since 2007, Egmont has supported initiatives to increase access to nutritious food; bring greater economic security to families so that they can afford school essentials for their children; and provide support, counselling and HIV testing facilities to help reduce the rate of infection.
Girl Child Counselling Women Group
The recent progress in tackling HIV & AIDS in Kenya has been slow to reach the rural communities of Matunda, where the Girl Child Counselling Women Group (GCCWG) is based. Here, nearly three-quarters of the population has not been tested for HIV and 53% of households are single-mother families.
The organisation works to help these families, encouraging both mothers and children to get tested, and educating adults and children about how HIV is contracted and can be avoided. GCCWG identifies those most at risk of HIV infection and provides vocational training to mothers in these households, thereby helping them to establish an independent income stream.
Kenya Poverty Elimination Network (KPEN)
In Homa Bay County, where nearly 1 in 3 people are infected with HIV, KPEN works to reduce the impact of HIV & AIDS on families, many of whom are one-parent families, caring for orphaned neices, nephews and grandchildren as well as their own offspring.
AIDS-affected households, including many grandparents caring for orphans, are supported through income generating activities such as harvesting honey, hybrid goat rearing and cultivating nutritious vegetables such as amaranth. Young people are given vocational training in carpentry, welding, tailoring, hair and beauty care, and motorcycle maintenance. The residents of Homa Bay live in one of the worst hit areas in the region, with life expectancy reduced to just 48 years. The work of KPEN is vital in reducing the effects of AIDS on the vulnerable children living there.
The Nasio Trust
Nasio Trust is based in Kakamega County, which has an HIV prevalence rate of 6.2%. This, combined with high levels of poverty – over half of the populace lives on less than $1.90 a day – means that many families are unable to send their children to school or feed them adequately. Over a quarter of children in the county show stunted growth.
Nasio provides health care, early years education, and nutritional support to children and families in the Mumias and Musanda areas of Kakamega County. Nasio helps local people to set up agricultural projects such as vegetable gardens, fish-farms and bee-hives. The food is used both for children in their educational programme, and also to sell, generating much-needed additional income. Through their centre, Nasio also educate the community, with a focus on vulnerable children, on how to avoid infection and how to access testing and treatment for HIV.
Rural New Life Development (RUNELD)
Counselling is an integral part of the HIV testing process, and helps people to come to terms with their positive diagnosis – and the lifetime of treatment that lies ahead of them.In the rural areas of East Kabondo and East Gem, where RUNELD is based, many of those newly diagnosed with HIV are unable to access counselling services due to the long distances involved. As a result, adherence to the vital anti-retroviral treatment that halts the progress of HIV is low, increasing the likelihood of HIV transmission and death.
RUNELD’s project will focus on 200 young HIV+ women and mothers who are newly tested and adjusting to their diagnosis. Each woman will be taught the importance of a nutritionally rich diet, that complements their medication and improves the health of the children in their care. Community counsellors will visit each woman to ensure that they are adhering to their treatment and train them in home based care to reduce incidences of opportunistic infections. 80 women will receive start-up loans to establish businesses such as cereal re-selling, food kiosks and small grocery stalls. As repayments are made, the remaining 120 women will be supported to establish businesses enabling them to move away from a life of dependency to self-sufficiency.
Sponsored Arts for Education (SAFE)
The Westgate Conservancy Area, near the Samburu National Reserve in central Kenya, is home to some 5,000 Samburu tribes-people. Traditionally a semi-nomadic community, the Samburu’s knowledge about HIV & AIDS remains minimal. This, combined with the almost universal practise of Female Genital Mutiliation (FGM), means that HIV prevalence among women in Samburu county is considerably higher than the national average.
Sponsored Arts for Education (SAFE), is being supported by Egmont to bring its programme of performance-based education to Westgate. For the past ten years SAFE have worked with Maasai communities in Kenya, sensitively engaging community members with familiar and supportive activities addressing otherwise culturally taboo subjects. This new project aims to educate this fiercely traditional community on the impact of HIV/AIDS to reduce transmission, promote condom use, and encourage enrolment in testing and treatment. SAFE will also use culturally appropriate performances, run gender and age specific workshops, and operate school health clubs, as well as conducting one-on-one counselling and interventions, to reduce the incidence of FGM.
Trust for Indigenous Culture & Health (TICAH)
TICAH was set up in 2003 to improve the lives of children and young women affected by HIV & AIDS, develop access to healthcare, and combat sexual violence in the large Nairobi slums of Viwandani, Korogocho, Majengo and Kibera.
Nairobi's slums are some of the largest in Africa. Frequent sexual assaults against women mean that the rate of HIV infection in young women aged 15-24 years old is almost four times that of men the same age. TICAH works through support groups made up from the slums' residents. These groups disseminate information and training on improved nutrition, AIDS education, home remedies for common diseases, and work to change attitudes towards child abuse and violence against women.
Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)
Football is a powerful medium throughout Africa and one of the best ways of imparting positive messages to young people. VAP brings young people together to play football while educating them on responsible sexual relationships, allowing them to develop the skills necessary to lead a healthy life.
These interventions are conducted as after-school programmes by VAP's training staff, a group of local football stars with credibility and role model status within the community. Over 10,000 young people have participated in football tournaments organised by VAP, where they are also encouraged to take HIV tests. Grants from Egmont have enabled VAP to achieve results in a challenging environment where HIV & AIDS, TB and poverty are rife, and resources are scarce.