Visit to Live With Hope Center in Kericho, Kenya

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The following is a post from Center for Global Health Policy Officer Carol Bergman, who recently traveled to Kenya with a group of Capitol Hill staff from key Congressional offices with jurisdiction over global health funding or programs.

Run by Sister Placida, the Live With Hope Centre is a community faith based organization located in the Motobo area at the heart of the biggest informal settlement on the outskirts of Kericho.

In August 2000, the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception arrived in Motobo at the invitation of the parish to educate the community on HIV/AIDS awareness while visiting the sick.  At the time, the level of stigma for those living with HIV/AIDS was very high.  This led to the development of support groups for HIV infected persons; the name “Live With Hope” was introduced, and the center was registered in 2001.

Sister Placida left her job as a high school teacher to dedicate herself full time to the AIDS response. With support from PEPFAR, the Center grew and partnered with the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Walter Reed Project HIV Program, enabling the Center to expand its programs.

Our delegation had a chance to spend some time with Sister Placida, and meet many of the children served by the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Department.  We were entertained by young children, most of who are living with HIV infection, who come to the Hope Center for emotional and spiritual support and health meals and snacks.

More than 3,600 children have been reached and two new programs have developed:

  • Program to provide care for a group of street children who have named themselves Family of God or FOG
  • The Transitional Care and Training Center that serves as a temporary residential center where children with poor health/psychosocial status are cared for while their caregivers receive training.


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