Friends of Africa International NGO is pleased to welcome Kenya Poverty Elimination Network as its newest affiliate. As an affiliate, KPEN now has capacity to raise funds in the United States, which will be distributed to their projects in Kenya via the Friends of Africa International Trust, which is located in Nairobi, Kenya.
“We are delighted that KPEN will be joining us as an affiliate. Their mission is very much aligned with ours.” said Bonnie Bishop, Chairman of the Board. “The work that Dolly and her Board are doing is making a tremendous difference in the lives of women and children in Western Kenya. By joining hands to support this worthy project, together we will be able to expand capacity to multiply the impact we can make.”
Kenya Poverty Elimination Network (KPEN) is based in Homa Bay, Western Kenya, an area ravaged by HIV/AIDS. Through the efforts of one woman, Dolly Rajuai, life-changing initiatives have been implemented to assist people living with the disease.
KPEN has received grants from the Edgemont Trust to continue its work with numerous families impacted by HIV/AIDS.
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.
This is the story of just one family that KPEN has helped: