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WEEP Program and Kibera, Kenya

WEEP Program and Kibera, Kenya



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    • The Story of the WEEP Project in Kibera, Kenya.
    • In Kenya the Kibera slum is located 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from the Nairobi city centre and is reputed to now be the largest slum in Sub Saharan Africa.
    • The 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census reports Kibera's population as 170,070. Other estimates are one to two million people.
    • Unemployment in Kenya is estimated to be between 40% and 70%, Kenya’s population has grown from around 9 million in 1967 to 40 million in 2011
    • Conditions in Kibera are extremely poor, and most of its residents lack access to basic services, including electricity and running water.
    • Kibera is heavily polluted by human refuse, garbage, dust, and other wastes. The slum is contaminated with human and animal feces.
    • Small businesses eke out an existence.
    • Housing is very basic using corrugated iron, plastic sheets, sticks and mud .
    • Kibera has an estimated population density of 800 residents per acre. Kenya reports an HIV prevalence rate of eight percent in adult women and four percent in adult men.
    • Open drains, sewerage, garbage disposal and plastics are a huge problem.
    • Small children play on the “road”.
    • Cooking is usually out in the open along the road side .
    • Cooking fires are a danger to small children and a fire risk.
    • Medical facilities are limited and some that spring up are of dubious quality .
    • Under such adverse conditions children are usually clean and well dressed .
    • Women face considerably higher risk of HIV infection than men, and also experience a shorter life expectancy due to HIV/AIDS.
    • In the depths of Kibera Slum the Weep Centre is helping the people of Africa to survive the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
    • As an orphan prevention initiative, WEEP enables women with HIV/AIDS. The project saves the lives of mothers suffering from advanced stages of AIDS, therefore, their children are spared from becoming orphans. HEART is a registered TRUST in Kenya and has a fully qualified board of Kenyan Directors who work with the American counterpart of HEART a 501 C-3 organization comprised of American health professionals and concerned business leaders.
    • Gladys is the WEEP Center Coordinator. Gladys is the Center Coordinator Gladys is the Center Coordinator Gladys is the Center Coordinator
    • The WEEP Center is located in the heart of Kibera where it is more accessible to those HIV women that need it.
    • Amenities are basic
    • WEEP identifies mothers who have been widowed or abandoned when their husbands learned of their HIV status.
    • The WEEP project started in 2005 with five ladies. It now has 5 locations. Others have graduated started their own businesses or found employment outside the center after becoming well, healthy and trained.
    • WEEP commits to providing medical care, nutrition, vitamins, rent assistance and access to ARV drugs; it also assures that their children have a school uniform and necessary resources to attend school .
    • Once physically stable, the mother is taught a trade and provided a job at a WEEP center.
    • Opportunities For You To Help     $900 supports a woman and her children for 18 months while she gets treatment … and gets prepared for starting her own business. $10 will purchase a malaria prevention net (at the current rate of exchange). $30 will buy a uniform for an orphaned child – the WEEP ladies make the uniforms and sustain their families by selling the uniforms. $6,000 will help open a new center.
    • For further information visit: http://www.africaheart.com
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