SVH-Mbakalo serves a section of the Western Province with a population of 155,000. Most of the residents are Bukusu, a sub-tribe of the Luhya culture. More than 55% of the people live below the poverty line. HIV/AIDS prevalence is estimated at 7%, but the burden of care continues to overwhelm local health facilities and programs.
Led by a locally elected management committee of volunteers, SVH–Mbakalo provides essential services to vulnerable children and ensures they remain HIV negative or live positively with HIV.
SVH-Ugunja serves Nyanza Province's Ugunja District, which has at least 3,000 AIDS orphans. The prevalence of HIV in this part of western Kenya is about 24% of its 520,000 residents, most of whom are members of the Luo tribal culture.
In this area, poverty is severe. Women are at great risk for HIV/AIDS, which gives rise to high numbers of other vulnerable children. Wife inheritance is a common practice, which contributes to the spread of HIV/AIDS.
SVH-Mituntu serves a population of 290,000; most are part of the Meru culture. Five volunteer leaders comprise the village's locally elected management committee, whose goal is to counter the effects of AIDS by providing essential services to the community.
The local community, through the Kenyan government, donated 52 acres for community projects. A Community Resource Center (CRC) has been constructed, thanks to a grant of 1.4 million Kenyan shillings (about $28,000 USD) from Kenya's Constituency Development Fund.