Kenya Village Pairs AIDS Orphans With Grandparents
December 4, 2012
The Kenyan village of Nyumbani is home to 938 children orphaned by AIDS and 97 grandparents who care for them. The Catholic aid group Nyumbani established the village of the same name with the permission of the Kenyan government in 2006. In the village, the aid group pairs the children with grandparents who have lost their middle-aged children to AIDS and other causes. Each grandparent cares for about 12 children. Everyone in the village has been touched by HIV, but because of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), no one has AIDS. Sister Mary Owens, executive director of the aid group, says that only 80 children in the village have HIV.
11.30.2012; Jason Straziuso
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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