The Upendo Village Story​​
The AIDS epidemic has wiped out almost an entire generation of parents. Grandma Ruth Gathoni is 84 years old. She raised nine of her grandchidlren, one of whom was infected with AIDS at birth.
Background
Upendo Village is a project designed by Kenyans to respond at the local level to the needs of Kenyans living with HIV / AIDS. Clients are surrounded with loving care, and are given resources and access to programs that improve health, restore self-respect, and give hope.
 
Upendo means "love" in the Kiswahili language, and adding the word "village"signifies the importance of a global response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Africa.
 
                                                                                               Vision
To exhibit love through action in our community by providing compassionate care and quality services of counseling, education and housing for women, men and children living with HIV and AIDS.
 
                                                                                                                  Mission
To provide loving care to women, men and children, who are infecte or affected by HIV/AIDS so that they can live with dignity, self-esteem, self sufficiency and respect. We are committed to networking with other agencies in providing healthcare so that our clients can enjoy a free and full life.

 
                                                                                                               Our History
Sister Florence Muia: "It took about 15 years of silence on HIV & AIDS epidemic in the country before the then President of Kenya, Mr. Daniel Arap Moi, acknowledged HIV and AIDS as a national disaster in 1999. The many years of silence allowed the disease take root in the country. Watching all the suffering, I did not want to sit on the other side of the fence; I strongly felt I wanted to get involved with the fight against HIV and AIDS. I realized that I needed to establish a Kenyan project by and for the Kenyan people. My vision was for a safe haven for women, men, and children affected by the disease. I wanted to call this sanctuary Upendo Village.

*Important Note: While Upendo Village began as a dream that came to fruition through a partnership between the Assumption Sisters of Nairobi, and the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, Upendo Village does not discriminate against any faith, creed, skin color, age, gender or sexual orientation.  The loving care and resources provided by Upendo Village are extended to all who seek assistance.



 
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