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SOTENI Kenya Overview

SOTENI Kenya (SK) is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). They collaborate with SOTENI International and the SOTENI Villages of Hope to promote and implement projects and programs. Although cross-tribal collaboration is rare in Kenya, the SK board is comprised of twelve volunteer directors from five ethnic backgrounds. These directors work together to manage the complementary programs that help communities devastated by AIDS to lead the fight against the disease.

SK Vision: To contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty and AIDS in identified rural villages in Kenya.

SK Mission: To prevent and mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS pandemic among the most vulnerable populations in Kenya through development of socio-economic, care and prevention programs within the communities.

SK leaders have raised funds and formed partnerships with institutions such as the Anglican Church of Kenya, African Medical and Research Foundation, Kenya National AIDS Control Council, Danish International Development Agency through the Forum on International Cooperation, and the Ministry of Health. SK will sponsor programs and training in HIV/AIDS care and prevention. SOTENI intends that rigorous evaluation will lead to adaptation, expansion, and replication of these programs as we share our achievements.

The Villages of Hope Model

SOTENI Kenya (SK), through its Villages of Hope, is building a model for interdependent development. By drawing on indigenous resources and leadership, we're working to break the cycle of disease and poverty by focusing on community development.

Most SK programs occur through our network of four rural Villages of Hope. These Villages have touched the lives of more than 10,000 AIDS orphans and their families through programs such as:

  • Access to clean water
  • Improved health services to increase overall independence
  • Women's empowerment training
  • Home-based care for AIDS patients
  • Community education for AIDS awareness—importance of HIV/AIDS testing and behavior change to prevent its spread
  • Material support

To promote sustainability of the services, the Villages are located only where communities have contributed substantial resources, such as land, for income generation.

The Kenyan government has recognized each Village of Hope as an official Community Based Organization (CBO). Locally elected volunteer management committees lead the Villages. These local leaders seek to counter the effects of HIV/AIDS by providing essential services and ensuring that the children either remain HIV negative or live positively with HIV.