While 3,000 graduates is a remarkable achievement, it holds even greater significance when we realize that those clients collectively represent about 10,000 children who have been directly impacted.
Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) January 31, 2014
The scope and longevity of the global AIDS crisis are sufficiently daunting that it is sometimes eclipsed by other causes. For the CARE for AIDS team, though, it is the entire scope of their work. This month the nonprofit is celebrating the graduation its 3,000th Kenyan client and opening of its 18th center based in Kenya.
Through the nine-month CARE for AIDS program, the Kenyan participants receive medical and spiritual counseling that empowers them to take their health into their own hands and live long, healthy lives. The program also includes nutritional support along with training in skills for managing medication and maintaining a steady income. Clients become part of a community that continues to support them past the end of the program as they manage their HIV status.
Justin Miller, CARE for AIDS executive director, shares what the milestone represents. "It was only two years ago to the month that we graduated our 1,000th client. While 3,000 graduates is a remarkable achievement, it holds even greater significance when we realize that those clients collectively represent about 10,000 children who have been directly impacted. They have been given back their mother or father. The stories of those families have been forever rewritten," says Miller.
CARE for AIDS also opened the doors to its 18th Kenyan center this month in a region called Githurai, a suburban slum outside Nairobi. The nonprofit partners with local Kenyan churches to operate life-transforming centers that serve the physical, spiritual, economic and social needs of men and women living with HIV/AIDS. All center locations are church-based and can be found on the CARE for AIDS website.
"We envision neighborhood churches becoming caregivers— havens for medical provision, life counseling and support, providing hope for life sustained here on earth and hope for life eternal with God," adds Miller. “Our system is modeled after Jesus’ holistic style of ministry. In this way, we are making the Kenyan churches the heroes in their community and empowering them to be the change that is necessary to end this crisis,” he says.
For more information on CARE for AIDS, to get involved or make a donation, visit their website at http://careforaids.org.