HEKO (Heritage Kenya Organization) is located in the Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Dedicated to bringing value and worth to women with HIV aids, HEKO also provides job training and nutrition education for these women. Hundreds of women throughout the slum meet together in support groups to care and counsel one another. They also make jewelry together and sell the products in the markets.
We were first introduced to Jenny back in 2010 when she started going to HEKO to receive support after contracting HIV/Aids. When you have HIV/Aids, there is a stigma that exists in the community and many people don’t want to be around those affected. HEKO is a safe place to bring these people together. She is one in more than 1,000 women who share stories with one another at HEKO. In 2014, we went back to HEKO to visit and reunited with Jenny. She is still attending HEKO to help counsel and care for new women who come into the organization.