Living Positive Kenya Our Mission To support underprivileged women, and orphans, and their families through HIV AIDS counselling, health education, economic empowerment, and community assimilation and integration. Our History Living Positive Kenya(LPK) was started by Mary Wanderi who was a social worker in a Ngong Hills orphanage with many children of women with HIV AIDS who could not provide for their families and so would have their children taken to institutions. These women reached out to Mary to help the mothers, telling her “No matter how much you help our children, they will always cry for their mothers.” This resonated with Mary who who grew up very poor but with her mother’s love and support and wanted these children too, to be at home with their own mothers, and not to become orphans because of HIV AIDS. In 2006 Mary quite her job, using her remaining income to support herself while she began searching for women in nee dog help in the slums of Ngong. There she found countless women who were abused and depressed and unsure how to deal with the rejection and isolation of being HIV positive. Mary became friends with the women she met as she learned their stories, and began to collect as much food as she could cook for the women. With this movement Living Positive Kenya was born and began to grow and evolve into what it is today; An organization that takes HIV positive women and their children out of the slum and helps them to grow and flourish. The programming includes… Enters them into a support group with other HIV positive women Allows them to heal mentally and physically in a supportive environment Gives them a pack of flour each week to cook for their family Moves them into a house where they can live rent-free Teaches them skills like tailoring, baking, candle-making, and mat-making. Teaches them business skills and helps them develop a business plan. Supports them as they start their business and begin to support themselves. Taking the kids into daycare while the women are in the...Read More
The WEEP program is an initiative to save HIV-positive women from their life of rejection and poverty through empowering them to live sustainable livelihoods. It consists of 3 phases, each 6 months long:
Phase 1: HIV Intervention
Phase 2: Skill Building
Phase 3: Business Plan Development
The first phase aims to help the women heal mentally and physically by providing:
After healing, the women are then enrolled into the WEEP center where they learn many skills such as:
In the final phase the women develop their business plan, this process follows the following steps:
At the end of the third phase of WEEP, the women celebrate with a graduation ceremony to celebrate 18 months of very hard work and growth. Graduation is a very exciting time for everyone at LPK and an opportunity to acknowledge each participant and wish them well moving forward. By this point each woman’s business is working independently and they are prepared to support themselves and their families with their new found skills and confidence!Read more
Do you want to travel and experience a new culture while using your skills and education to better the lives of others?
Come Intern with us! Whether you are a student completing course credits or just want to share your skills with us, you are welcome!
Depending on the time of year and current needs, internships may vary and can include..
Ngong offers a unique experience volunteering in the heart of Kenya and offers many amazing extra curricular activities with views of the rift valley a short drive away!
Prior to arrival, we recommend interns register with their embassy, or after arrival at the local embassy located in Nairobi. If an individual is not registered with their embassy, there is no way for your home country to help in case of emergency situations such as natural disasters or political uprising.
We also highly recommend travel insurance (which can be purchased through travel companies, banks, or extended health care providers prior to leaving your home country). There are a variety of hospitals and clinics located in and around the Ngong area. There are also 2 major hospitals within Nairobi for more serious injuries. Most travel insurance companies require the individual to pay for medical costs while in the country and reimburse you upon return and submission of claim – make sure to keep all your receipts for any costs incurred while traveling.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention provides travelers with a great overview of vaccines and medications required or recommended for traveling to Kenya.
For any additional questions, feel free to contact us and we will try to assist you in any way possible.