Project Update - Nakuru Kenya
Recent news from the Love and Hope programme, Nakuru Kenya - where Rose’s family continue to live. The Love and Hope programme was set up ten years ago by Patricia Speight and Kenyan woman Genevieve Ololo, a committed humanitarian. In 2007 GOAL provided the team with a disused 40ft container and in 2007 a new community healthcare centre was funded by The Rose Project.
There are now 12 Kenyans providing the programme with Patricia. The centre has continued to expand its services over the past 10 years, reaching many people living with or affected by HIV or AIDS.
The Rose Project has also provided funding for food, drugs, salaries and an ambulance – to try to reach patients in the rural areas. The new Love and Hope Community healthcare centre has added to the programme. Due to the additional space, the centre has been able to expand its services and has started adding new programmes for adolescents who have experienced sexual violence.
In the words of its Founder, Franciscan Missionary Sister for Africa, Patricia Speight:
The centre is working to capacity and at the moment is using the garage for additional space! Patricia also remarks on how it is so wonderful that patients can come to the centre and be seen in privacy assuring their dignity.
In the recent ethnic violence in Nakuru the new centre provided sanctuary to more than 100 people - in some cases, saving lives. In addition, many of the patients had their homes burnt down and fled Nakuru. For the patients this is very serious, as many are on active AIDS treatment and to discontinue or to have a break in treatment puts the patients at risk. The team are working to ensure those on treatment have access to it.