The Organization


 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 program.