Over the last couple of months, the Kenyan administration has been working to partner with an organization called Baptist Global Response (BGR). Last month, CFA was given a grant from BGR to purchase supplies for 100 home-based care kits. CFA staff bought the various supplies for the kits and then assembled them. These kits are buckets that will be given to bed-ridden clients in the program. They contain supplies like towels, Vaseline, bed sheets, pillowcases, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, vitamins and other essential items for the clients to remain hygienic and healthy.
Bed-ridden clients are usually not able to come to the center. They are very weak and sick and often have to remain on their beds or in their homes. They cannot earn an income or even perform basic chores around the home. When someone with HIV is that weak, his or her immune system is very low. They are very susceptible to infection and opportunistic diseases. It is easy for them to contract TB, pneumonia, the common cold, and hundreds of other kinds of bacteria and viruses. Sicknesses that might not affect most of us can be highly dangerous and deadly to bed-ridden clients. The key to helping these clients recover is protecting them from further infection and rebuilding their immune system and strength. That is why the home-based care buckets are so crucial. Beside the usual home visits, spiritual care, and health counseling that the center staff provide, the center staff will now be distributing home-based care buckets to the bed-ridden. The simple things in the bucket like soap and towels can stop a client from getting sick and help keep them alive.
On World AIDS day, I was able to go with several staff to CFA’s center at Kangemi. Near the center, we passed out buckets to five bed-ridden clients who had recently begun the program. While passing out the buckets, we spent time with each person in their home. We talked with them about their lives and family. While passing out one bucket to a man named Morrice in the Kangemi slums, we got into a conversation about faith. We asked about his belief in God. Morrice admitted that he was not saved, but wanted to know Christ. Right then and there, Spiritual Counselor David shared the Gospel and prayed with Morrice to receive Christ. In that moment, in his small home in the slum, Morrice was welcomed into the family of God. It was one of the most powerful moments I have experienced in Kenya. It was beautiful to see God move so powerfully and visibly in that place. It is proof that God can use anything, even a bucket and the simple gesture of someone caring, to bring people to know Him.