This is a very small church with a tin structure partially open on the sides that seats about 70 people. It has no additional buildings or proper bathrooms. The center workers counsel clients behind temporary partitions in opposite corners of the building. It’s location, away from the densely populated part of the slum and close to the highway, makes it advantageous for clients to visit.
Recruitment of 80 clients took place quickly during January 2010, and the center began operating fully in February. The first group has been hugely successful and provided many lessons on the unique challenges and opportunities in the Kisumu area. Economic empowerment has been a great challenge because many clients have been used to hand-outs instead of being empowered to live independently.
The Central center is located on the border of the Nyalenda slum along the Nairobi highway heading East from Kisumu. It’s catchment area includes the Northern part of the the Nyalenda slum as well as the areas to the North of the highway, many of which are subject to periodic flooding and nomadic populations. The people of this area are largely Luo, the tribal group with the highest rate of HIV-infection at over 20%.
Elizabeth is married to Elijah and they have one son and one daughter. She was chosen from several different applicants based on her training, energy, and passion for the work.
Lazarus is married and has five children. After working away from his family for the last few years, they have recently moved together to Kisumu town. His wife struggles with periodic sickness which Lazarus has been faithful to help attend to.
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