FROM THE FIELD, HIV/AIDS + Healthcare

In their own words…

Through our partnership with the HEKO (Heritage Kenya Organization) AIDS program, we are working on improving the lives of 480 families affected by HIV/AIDS in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

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In recent weeks, the nutritionist at HEKO has interviewed a few of the women that are being helped. The nutrition counseling that these families receive helps them to make healthy choices and eating good foods can give their immune systems extra strength to fight HIV/AIDs.

We were so excited to receive these updates from the nutritionist- the HEKO program is working and changing lives thanks to your $7/month!

[Due to the sensitive nature of this illness, patients’ names will remain anonymous and photographs of the patients will not be shown.]

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Question: What was your life like before this project?

Response: My life was not good. I used not to drink water unless I am thirsty. This made me have rough skin and difficulty in taking my drugs with very little water. I never knew anything about health and nutrition until I joined HEKO program.

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Question: What has been your happiest moment since being part of this project?

Response: When we were taught about the work of kidneys and the heart functions in relation to nutrition, the importance of timing short and long call. At least I know how to plan and balance my meals and participate in regular exercise.

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Question: What have you personally changed since being part of this project?

Response: My health has improved. I used to feel like sleeping all the time. I can now plan for each day and achieve them at the end of the day.

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