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For more information about HIV/AIDS in Kenya and ICODEI, please watch the video below. 

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Unfortunately, the text on the video is distorted and can be hard to read.  Below you will find much of the written info from the video above:


  • Did you know Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region in the world?

  •  As of 2007, 22 million people were living with HIV. Approximately 1.9 million more were infected with HIV during the same year.  (That’s more people than live in the entire state of Texas!)

  •  AIDS has claimed the lives of an estimated 1.5 million people in this region… in the past year. In Kenya alone, 700 people die each day of HIV/AIDS. Three Kenyans will die of the disease while you watch this video.

  • More than 11 million children have been orphaned by AIDS

  • 30,000-40,000 children in Kenya are born HIV-positive every year. 60 to 70% die before their fifth birthday.

  • In Kenya, 700 people die each day from HIV/AIDS.  Hundreds of thousands of Kenyan children have been orphaned due to AIDS. 

  • Communities maintain cultural practices that can facilitate the spread of HIV, such as wife/widow inheritance and circumcision ceremonies.

  • Lack of facilities and programs makes it difficult for rural Kenyans to get tested for HIV.

  • Those that have the disease receive no counseling or treatment.

  • Many who are HIV positive are unaware of their status and unknowingly spread the virus.

  • Amongst those living in the rural areas, HIV/AIDS is often attributed to witchcraft and curses, rather than to the disease itself.

  • The inaccessibility of factual information is a contributing factor to the high infection rate.

  • Misconceptions about the transmission and prevention of HIV run rampant, as there is minimal access to information about HIV/AIDS in these rural areas.

  • Unless action is taken, this disease will continue to ravage the district, leading to an over-burdened health care system, disintegrated family structure, and an increased number of orphans and abandoned children.

  • The isolation and vulnerability of women will be amplified, resulting in a weak, sick, labor force and drainage of community resources.

  • The economic growth of the Western Province will be paralyzed.

  • This fall, I will leave the comforts of Colorado and travel to Kabula, Kenya where I will volunteer with ICODEI.

  • I will spend one month working with the HIV/AIDS awareness campaign and one month working with the Microenterprise Development program.

  • ICODEI (Inter-Community Development Involvement) is a grass roots volunteer organization in rural Kenya committed to fighting HIV/AIDS, providing primary school education, encouraging microenterprise development for women, and providing healthcare for the people of Western Kenya

  • Through the Education Program, ICODEI runs a school with over 300 students, run by a staff of local Kenyan teachers and overseas volunteers.  The school provides lunch, which for many is the only guaranteed meal each day.

  • Through the Healthcare Program, ICODEI operates the Bill Selke Memorial Clinic and a mobile clinic.  Most patients would not have access to quality healthcare without visits from the mobile clinic teams.

  • Through the Microenterprise Development Program, ICODEI provides start-up technology, capital, and other resources to women’s groups to start small-scale income generating activities.  Kenyan women in rural areas often lack access to capital and the ability to generate income.

  • Through the HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, ICODEI has reached over 200,000 Kenyans. 

  • At schools, community centers, bars, and churches, the Volunteer Kenya/ICODEI team presents two to three hour HIV/AIDS programs, supplying information about the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS.  These facts assist in dispelling commonly held myths.

  • Through ICODEI’s EMPOWER program, high school students and community groups are trained over six training sessions and supplied with resources to become a resource for others within their schools and communities.

  • A common and dangerous belief is that people infected with HIV can rid themselves of the virus by passing the virus on to as many people as possible through repeated unprotected sex.

  • These myths and misconceptions must be dispelled and replaced with facts about the virus.

  • The provision of education is essential to stop the continued devastation of society.

  • I am going to Kenya because love is an action word. Please consider joining me in this effort.

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