success stories (32)

The COVID-19 pandemic has made lives incredibly difficult all over the world, with Faustina being no exception. Faustina lives in the Mukuru Kwa Reuben informal settlements in Nairobi County. When the pandemic struck, she was already struggling to put food on the table. As a single mother of 4 children, the responsibility of taking care of her family fell solely on her shoulders. She and her daughter are living with HIV, which even made her situation look grimmer. The death of her husband marked the beginning of one misfortune after another. His family turned against her and abandoned her, leaving…
Fiona M* is widowed and a mother to 3 sons living in Kayole in Nairobi. She and her 10-year-old last-born son are HIV positive, which she discovered during a visit to antenatal clinic around the time of his birth. Upon finding out her status, Fiona became severely depressed. She sought the help of a social worker, and was introduced to the staff at HOPE worldwide Kenya, MWENDO office in Kayole. Through MWENDO, she was able to meet and join a support group of other people living with HIV and go for counselling sessions, which allowed her to have a different…
Mary* is a mother of two children living in Kayole, Nairobi, and was referred to the MWENDO project through the Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program (EDARP) in Komarock for enrollment in September 2019. Her story is an all too familiar one. She is a survivor of Gender-Based Violence and a person living with HIV. She courageously walked out of an abusive marriage in 2012 with nothing but the clothes on her back. She started doing odd jobs such as washing clothes to support herself and her son and daughter but began losing hope that her situation would improve. After enrolling…
Saturday, 11 July 2020 06:01

WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY

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Phian is a 21-year-old beautiful young woman born and raised in Mathare informal settlements. Like many young women in the area, she struggled to make ends meet. When the DREAMS project scaled up to reach Mathare informal settlements, she was among the first vulnerable young women to be enrolled. By then, she didn't have a stable source of income. As a young mother, she was experiencing many challenges. She could not afford to put even one meal on the table daily. She took on menial jobs like doing laundry in the estates, a job that she hadn't imagined doing. After…
Tuesday, 07 July 2020 08:18

MWENDO PROJECT CHANGE STORIES DURING COVID 19

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Margaret Kwamboka Barake is a highly vulnerable 48 year old widow taking care of her 4 children. The family is staying in a single rented room in Kayole Central Ward in Embakasi sub-county. HOPE worldwide Kenya through the MWENDO* Project is supporting her with emergency fund cash transfers of KES 2,000 (about USD 20) per month for 6 months. Before the support she was struggling and had no source of income. Through this provision, she has managed to start a mask making and handwashing soap business during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the cash transfer and her small business she is…
Today, 15th May 2020, HOPE worldwide Kenya (HWWK) was humbled and truly grateful to receive a generous donation from Two Rivers, presented by the Managing Director, Mr. Theodoros Pantis, to Mr. Nicasius Kamani, HWWK, Operations Director. The gift donations included food items such as rice, maize, and wheat flour, cooking oil and drinks, and other essential items like sanitary towels. We are especially grateful to the individuals who generously gave to this cause. This donation will go a long way to putting food on the table of families who would not know where their next meal would come from, due…
Friday, 15 May 2020 07:44

HWWK RESPONSE TO COVID-19 EPIDEMIC

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 HWWK RESPONSE TO COVID-19 EPIDEMIC Along with other countries around the world, Kenya is also in the battle against the invisible enemy of COVID-19. HOPE worldwide Kenya is doing its part to keep staff and those we serve safe. Currently we are providing corona-virus awareness and prevention sessions and reinforcing efforts by the government to keep the current curfew that is in place and reinforcing hand washing and sanitizing, along with good respiratory hygiene and social distancing. We are providing individual-level interventions that can be done with the use of social media. HWWK have provided hand washing and sanitizing equipment…
Friday, 15 May 2020 07:36

RELENTLESS PASSION

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Ann Masharita, was amongst the first mentors to be engaged at HOPE worldwide Kenya (HWWK) DREAMS program in Mathare Ward. She resides in Hospital Ward, one of the areas where the DREAMS project is implemented. She is well known in the community and was referral to HWWK by local authorities in Mathare for a volunteer opportunity. Her passion for community work and service to humanity was evident. Her story is inspiring to many young women in the community as she narrates to the Project Officer. “I was born 30 years ago and raised in Mathare slums. Life in the slums…
Friday, 15 May 2020 07:12

HEARTWARMING SERVICE OF A YOUNG VOLUNTEER

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Seventeen (17) year old Elle McLaughlin came to Kenya from the USA in July 2019 to attend a one week Swamp Camp – a teen mentorship program that is organized by the International Churches of Christ in partnership with Nairobi Christian Church. She had just graduated from high school and wanted to spend her summer break in a different part of the world and experience something new before starting college. This was the first time she would be away from home for 6 months. She had no idea where her desires would lead her and went forward in faith. She…
Friday, 15 May 2020 07:08

MY JOURNEY WITH DREAMS

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Primrose Wangeci is 21 years old. She resides in Riverside village, Viwandani informal settlement and a firstborn in a family of 6 children living with their mother – a single parent. She joined the DREAMS project in 2016 while she was in her second year in high school. It was difficult to stay in school due to lack of school fees and many times she would be sent away. Her encounter with the DREAMS project would change her life. She received school fees support to sustain her in school and successfully complete her studies. She also received cash transfers to…
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