How We Work
We have developed numerous programs, all designed to be help bring life and hope to Kenyans living with HIV and AIDS.
Basic Health Care
Upendo Village's clinic addresses client's urgent medical needs, including onsite medical care that provides nursing care, lab work, and access to prescription drugs and antiretroviral medications, and nursing care - treatment of opportunistic infections, skin rashes, malaria and other complications related to AIDS. Clients receive onsite care for urgent medical needs and referrals as indicated.
Home Based Care (HBC)
Upendo Village provides in home basic medical care, counseling, nutritional supplementation and medicine for opportunistic illnesses to our clients suffering from HIV/AIDS. Families and caregivers are included for healing and healthy attitudes and living for the whole family. Most clients are between the ages of 15-49. Upendo Village also trains volunteers (some of whom are former clients) as community healthcare workers to compliment our small full-time staff.
Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT)
Program-Offers counseling and HIV testing to people, who want to be know their status. This is an important component for prevention as well as early treatment intervention and for encouraging others to take advantage of voluntary counseling and testing.
HIV & AIDS Education
Upendo Village educates thousands of clients, school children, prison inmates and others in order to promote understanding of causes, prevention and treatment and to dispel myths about HIV & AIDS. This helps individuals, families and communities to cope with Kenya's HIV & AIDS pandemic.
Upendo Village teaches preventive health, self care, and various skills for self-sufficiency in accord with each individual's potential.
Five scattered-site support groups facilitate mutual emotional and social support for clients and caregivers, as well as a framework for personal transformation and the reconstruction of lifestyles. The children's support group, known as the "Kids Club", gathers and guides children to help them deal with their unique issues. Education, counseling and nutrition support (food distribution) are included.
This program provides education and resources for economic self-sufficiency to clients who have regained their health through Upendo Village's Clinic and Home -based care programs. They learn beadwork, beekeeping, poultry keeping and the care and raising of dairy goats and chickens. Clients are encouraged and supported in renting small farms to grow their own food, managing kiosks with vegetable and other foods and planting trees (valuing ecological sustainable ways of living). Rose writes, "I do craft work, making jewelry which is sold to provide us with some income. I am able to support and educate my daughter and also care for my aging parents, thanks to the support and empowerment provided by Upendo Village."
A group of clients meets weekly to create beautiful beaded accessories. The crafts are mailed to Wheaton, IL and we market and sell these items at fair-trade prices, and we wire all of the proceeds back to support the artisans in the group to continue creating crafts and support their families. You can purchase these items online through our Etsy store: UpendoMeansLove, or view our catalog by clicking the link below, and if you see something you like that isn't listed on our Etsy site, please contact Marybeth at 630.909.6604 and she will make arrangements for you to purchase your item.
Upendo Village Craft Catalog
Kenya AIDS Orphans - Care and Education
Care and Education-Sister Florence, with her social worker and other professional member of her team are very creative in finding ways to place orphans who have lost their parents to AIDS - preferably with next of kin. Many of Upendo Village's 3 million orphans, some of whom are trying to survive in the streets, are in need of placement. After children are placed, Upendo Village offers continued support and resources necessary for maintaining their health and their formal education so that they can grow to become strong, independent individuals and contributors to their communities
Home Improvement and Shelter Assistance
Upendo Village provides house rent to most desperate cases so that families are not thrown out in the cold, complicating their struggle of living with HIV & AIDS and it identifies families who own homes that are in desperate need of repair or more space. Volunteer construction teams assist in these repairs in order to improve health and reduce the incidence of opportunistic infections related to poor housing conditions.
Through a special grant, Upendo Village and provides infant formula and teaches appropriate preparation and use of the formula. Nursing mothers are offered this alternative to breastfeeding, so as to decrease mother to child transmission of AIDS and increase child health survival.
Upendo Village partners with local medical facilities and other agencies in the area for effectiveness and sustainability of its programs e.g. Naivasha District hospital, A.I.C Kijabe hospital, D. T. Dobie Company and flower farms among others.