Situated in the Great Rift Valley in rural Kenya, near Nakuru and approximately two hours northwest of Nairobi, Nyota provides a nurturing home and learning environment up to 50 children who have lost their parents due to AIDs or other tragedies.
Nyota is Swahili for Star. Our vision is to empower these children to become self-sufficient adults who can in turn help their communities. We want all these children to become “stars” in their own right, and we want to empower them to achieve their dreams and in turn help their communities.
Nyota is a joint project with Mission in Action (MIA). Founded in 2005, MIA operates the Nakuru Baby Orphanage and has legal guardianship of 30 babies and small children who were either orphaned or abandoned with no family to care for them. The baby orphanage was started by Ivan and Mary Budulica, an Australian couple. MIA employs 20 Kenyan staff, providing employment and self-sufficiency to them and their families and benefiting more people from the community. To learn how to get involved, click on the image!
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Each year, more babies are born with HIV in one busy clinic in Africa than in the United States, Canada and England combined. This is because treatment to prevent HIV infection of newborns in the developed world has essentially eradicated mother-to-child transmission of the virus.
While similarly potent clinical solutions are increasingly becoming available in Africa, the impact and effectiveness for HIV-positive mothers is less successful without complementary social, emotional and psychological support.
mothers2mothers is an innovative mentoring program offering comprehensive support for HIV-positive pregnant women and new mothers.
Sub-Saharan Africa shows the highest statistics of mothers and babies infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Worldwide, 1% of pregnant women are HIV-positive, 95% of these women live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Without care, about 24% of mothers transmit the virus to their newborns, and each year about 3 million of these children will die from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses.
But preventing the transmission of HIV from a mother to a child is a straightforward medical procedure. Its simplest application, a single dose of medication to a mother during labor and a dose to her infant shortly after birth, can cut transmission risk nearly in half.
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