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How would you feel if you were a child living in the streets of Nairobi with no place to go? What would you do? Where would you turn?

The problem of street children in Nairobi has reached alarming proportion. Driven by poverty and the impact of HIV/AIDS, many of these children end up in the streets without shelter, food or any form of basic rights. Many AIDS orphans have nowhere to go. The ones who are lucky end up in orphanages.

The impact of HIV/AIDS on these children is serious. Children from single parent families are highly vulnerable to destitution. Once that parent dies, the children are left on their own as immediate family members rarely accept to become guardians. Such orphans have nowhere to go, and those who are lucky end up in orphanages.

In Nairobi, Kenya, Lutheran World Relief is working with Peace Humanitarian Christian Center International, an organization that focuses on improved quality of life among orphaned children of the slums. The school enrollment is over 500 day pupils. It is also home to 60 orphans living at the center. Both boys and girls are learning skills to build their futures. Without the help from PEHUCCI these children would not enjoy basic rights such as food, clothing, shelter, health care and education. PEHUCCI is seen as a lifeline to disadvantaged children in the area.

Through a small grant from LWR, the school was able to improve safety and physical conditions at the orphanage. A fence around the property was built and cement floors were installed for the classrooms and dormitories.

 

AIDS Orphans Benefit Hike Along the Pacific Crest Trail
Rev. Chris Sanderson, a pastor for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is hiking the Pacific Trail (2,650 miles) to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Read his description of his mission and meet Chris at one of the tour stops to support his cause
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“Stand With Africa: Banish Hunger.”
A new video that demonstrates how Stand With Africa works with local organizations in East Africa to improve peoples’ lives.

"The Jewels of Katosi"
In August 2002, LCMS World Relief Communications Manager Greg Koenig
participated in a Lutheran World Relief study tour to Kenya and Uganda
in conjunction with the inter-Lutheran Stand With Africa campaign.

" African Reflections: Stories from an ELCA trip in early 2002

" Picture This: Million Thanks

" HUNGER IN AFRICA. Stand With Africa 2002

" 2002 Global facts about the HIV/AIDS epidemic

" A Stand With Africa Slide ShowHIV/AIDS in Africa

" A Child's Poem About AIDS

" "Braving Aids: Senegal's Way" Video

" "Introducing Stand With Africa" Video

 

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