Sunday, October 28, 2012

Kilele Foundation Supported 28 Challenged Athletes

The Standard Chartered Kenya Marathon started at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium today .and some of Kilele Foundation Challenged Athletes members where there for wheelchair/tricycle race , Eunice Adhiambo Otieno , Carol , Caleb, and other and they (winner)

Friday, October 26, 2012


Article: The name of the organization shall be called:

Kilele Foundation

P.O BOX 27785-00100 Nairobi Kenya Africa Tlephone: +254722536377 or +254733536377

Motto: Tumikia Jamii

Article: 2 Introduction/ Justifications.
Kilele Foundation is a non-profit making community-based organization in, Machakos at Machakos District Kenya registered under the ministry of culture & social services. We comprise all sorts of youth from students to out of school youth and the also the community within Machakos County .
Generally, Machakos County Sub-district is a semi-arid / arid land inhabited by peasants who depend on produce from their small shambas. The produce in turn depends on the rain patterns and occasion tonally is insufficient thereby necessitating the need for relief food from well wishers and the international communities. Sometimes the peasants supplement their products with small herds of goats and cows depending on the size of their free hold piece of land.
Due to severe weather patterns, most of the peasants cannot afford to sustain their children in school. This results to many school dropouts who end up in drugs, local alcoholism, petty theft and early and unwanted pregnancies and marriages. This continues to drag the community back since the newly weds have no means of earning income and the chain continues with their children.
In order to help the less fortunate while at the same time addressing the above mentioned development drawbacks, some enlightened members of the community felt need for initiating/introducing a community based organisation and ended up forming Kilele Foundation. Kilele Foundation will endeavour to address the issues with a view of reforming the affected community embers. The above problems become compounded when such less fortunate people get infected with the deadly HIV/AIDS and CANCER. All volunteers within community , Inlcluding Teachers, Woman group, handicraft Man, Youth, Nurses, Doctors, Christian and Muslims, have donated their time and skills to meet the needs of orphans and HIV/AIDS victims and also fighting the spreading of any other terrible diseases within the community . We are also well-coming other CBOS, NGOS, in Kenya and International volunteers to support the community, Civic education and poverty eradication, also to market and promote their Agricultural and Handicrafts, local and International, and Educating them how to improve their products and how to manage their incoming resources. Kilele Foundation will also attempt to address the problems through implementation of the objectives stated in Article 3 below.
Description: Kilele Foundation We are NGO set up to Promote socio-economic development of the local community in Kenya. Our main objective is to promote access to quality Education, Save Motherhood Pregnancy ,Maternal health and Young Child birth, fight against diseases e.g. AIDS/HIV, campaign for Cancer , Tuberculosis and Malaria, (HEALTH) , Food security, Water access to all , and Environment conservation and Food sustainability and empowerment ,support their children, and Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Kenya.


is to open eyes, inform minds, touch hearts and join hands to create a country where all economic, social, and political structures, systems and policies guarantee the dignity and basic rights of every member of the human family. To be the world's best organization able to connect people /groups and Donors with communities in need. And a world Without Cancer, HIV/AIDS.
Of local community organizations in countries through the placement of Local and international volunteers. Write something about Kilele Foundation

Our Mission

is to have a country where economic, political and social systems guarantee basic rights, uphold human dignity and promote sustainable livelihoods to enhance community empowerment through people centered and gender responsive development that creates opportunities to harness potentials necessary for equitable and Sustainable development. exists to contribute to a process of Preventing disease infection, restoring hope and improving the quality of life of people living in the community of Kenya .
Article 3: OBJECTIVES:
i. To empower youth economically through income generating activities.
ii. To create awareness and conduct campaigns on behaviour change among the youth to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS/CANCER. To open an office or a resource center within the community that will be able to offer material such as books on HIV/AIDS education, Video Show, Pamlets, HIV/AIDS/CANCER testing to educate and enable people know their status. To support people with HIV/AIDS children whom HIV/AIDS/CANCER and children from poor families are orphaning by opening Children’s Home and any other support.
iii. To create awareness and advocate for the rights of disabled persons so that they may have equal opportunities economic, social and political.
iv. To improve girl child education through sensitization of families and the community at large on matters concerning education for both children.
v. To support young girls affected by unwanted pregnancies and advocate for the Yatta continuity in education advancement.
vi. To advocate for policies against child labour, abuse and the protection of children.
vii. To educate the families and community on reproduction health and nutrition.
viii. To sensitize the Machakos County community to develop entrepreneurship culture through skills training and resource management.
ix. Sensitize and educate the community on environmental issues.
x. To act as agent of change by promoting the restoration of our rich culture.
xi. To mobilize resources and offer support for orphans.
xii. Creating liaison with Heads of Primary and Secondary Schools within the community for purposes of monitoring and evaluating HIV/AIDS teaching in schools as well as its implementation in the school syllabus.
xiii. To collaborate with other organizations, locally and internationally to exchange volunteers and and also cooperate on projects.
xiv. Mobilize local, national & international resources to expant capacity to fight HIV/AIDS
As a community based organization we hope to act as resource centre for information, communication and counseling on issues affecting young persons in the community and the community in totality.


This organization has twenty-five members who are persons whose focus is to support and advocate for social, economic and cultural development of young persons in the division as an interest group.
Membership of Kilele Foundation will generally comprise of the following categories:


These members of the community who subscribe to support the ideas and objectives of community based organization. The membership under this category is based on no payment
Any member may be expelled from the organization if the committee so recommends and
Any member proposed for expulsion shall be expelled on grounds:
a) That his/her conduct has adversely affected the reputation or dignity of the organization.
b) He/she has contravened any of the provisions of the constitution of the organization.
c) The committee shall have no powers to suspend or expel a member until the next general meeting of the organization. The committee shall only be empowered to propose a suspension or an expulsion of a member. Following such a proposal but not withstanding such suspension/expulsion of members whose expulsion or suspension is proposed shall have the right to address the general meeting at which his expansion or suspension is to be considered.
Any member person who resigns or is removed from membership shall not be entitled to a refund of any payments made or contributed by him/her at anytime or any part thereof.


The office bearers of the organization shall be:
i. The Chairperson
ii. The Vice Chairperson
iii. The Secretary
iv. The Assistance Secretary
v. The Treasurer
vi. The vice Treasurer
All office bearers shall be paid up members of the organization. Any office bearers who cease to be a member of the organization shall automatically cease to be an office bearer and persons elected at the Annual General Meeting by a simple vote of show of hands or secret ballot shall fill the vacancy created.

Article 6: CONDUCT

All office bearers shall be responsible for the smooth running of the organization and shall be responsible for all the assets and instability of Kilele Foundation and misappropriation of property or funds shall result in an automatic dismissal as spelt out above. No member shall make any unilateral decision for the organization without consulting the committee.


i. Chairperson – the Chairperson shall unless presented by illness or any other sufficient cause, preside over all meetings and shall be the coordinator of all activities of Kilele Foundation.
ii. Vice-Chairperson - in the absence of the Chairperson or when called upon shall assume all the duties of the latter.
iii. Secretary – the Secretary shall deal with all the correspondence of the organization and shall also in case or urgent matters consult the Chairperson. The Secretary shall issue notices convening all meetings of the committee and shall be responsible for keeping minutes of all such meetings and for the preservation of all records of proceedings all Kilele Foundation and the committee.
iv. Assistant Secretary – shall in the absence of the Secretary or when called upon assume all the duties of the latter.
v. Treasurer – shall receive and also disburse under the direction to the committee all the monies belonging to Kilele Foundation and shall issue receipts for all monies received and reserve vouchers for all monies paid.
vi. Assistant Treasurer – shall in the absence of the treasurer or when called upon assume all the duties of the latter.


The committee shall consist of all the office bearers of
Kilele Foundation and four (4) more ordinary members of Kilele Foundation elected at the AGM each year. They shall hold office until the following A.G.M and they shall meet quarterly. The office bearers shall meet quarterly. The office bearers shall be in office four (4) years and shall be eligible for re-election. They shall serve a maximum of three (3) terms.


There shall be two classes of meetings.
i. Annual General Meetings (AGM)
ii. Special General Meetings (SGM)
The AGM shall be held not later than 31st December of each year. Notice in writing of such A.G.M. accompanied by annual statement of account and the agenda for the meeting shall be sent to all members not less than 21 days before the date of the meeting.
The committee may call the S.G.M for any specific purpose and notice in writing of such a meeting shall be sent to other members not less than 14 days before the date of the meeting.
The quorum for these meeting shall not be less than ten people incase of lack of quorum the meeting shall therefore be called off until further notice.


Kilele Foundation shall be dissolved except by a dissolution passed at a General Meeting of members by a vote of two thirds (2/3) of the members present. If no quorum is obtained, the proposal to dissolve the organization shall be submitted to a further general meeting. Dissolution shall be affected when permission in writing given by the Divisional Registrar of CBO, and signed by the three office bearers who are the Chairperson, the Secretary and the Treasurer.

Article 11: ACCOUNTS

Association money shall be kept in a bank account to be operated on behalf of the association by three signatories, the Chairperson, the Secretary and the Treasurer or two signatories, Chairperson and the Treasurer.
The Treasurer shall keep the petty cash for the office use.
The books of accounts and all other documents and the list of members of Kilele Foundation shall be available for inspection at the registered office of Kilele Foundation by any member of Kilele Foundation on giving seven days in notice in writing to the organization.

Article 12: AUDITOR

An auditor shall be appointed for the following year by the A.G.M.
All Kilele Foundation accounts, records and documents shall be opened to the inspection of the auditor at any time. The auditor shall maximize such accounts and statements and either clarifying they are correct.
A copy of the auditor’s report on the accounts and statements shall be furnished to all members at the same time as the notice conveying the A.G.M is sent out.
No auditor shall be an office bearer or a member of the committee of the organization.
Article 13: AMENDMENTS
The A.G.M shall make amendments to the organization constitution by a two third majority vote of the member present. However the changes shall not be effected until put in writing to the registrar and is approved.

Kilele Foundation

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cost  25 USD
Support Kenya Challenges Athletic

Kilele Foundation , EK Centre and supporting challenges athletic to participation the upcoming 10th Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon, 42K Tricycle & 21K Wheelchair races on October 28, 2012.

Many thanks to our sponsors who have generously contributed to the cause: Its not late to join your support,

Kilele Foundation Kenya

Kilele Foundation , EK Centre and supporting challenges athletic

Kilele Foundation , EK Centre and supporting challenges athletic to participation the upcoming 10th Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon, 42K Tricycle & 21K Wheelchair races on October 28, 2012.

Many thanks to our sponsors who have generously contributed to the cause: Its not late to join your support,

Friday, October 19, 2012

As Kenya Celebrates her 3rd Mashujaa (Heroes) Day in Line with the New Constitution we want to wish you the very best together with your office colleagues and Families as they too make us the Heroes we are and make us worth the celebration,
join us by sending your name and area of support with word kilele to 3015 , For more information visit

Video coming Soon

For Helping me with this project

Please visit their website at

And please like there Facebook Page at


What is HIV & AIDS?

HIV is stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The HIV virus can lead to immune deficiency syndrome Called AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Virus).

Is there more then 1 type of HIV Virus?

Yes, there are 2 types of HIV Virus; HIV-1 & HIV-2
Both types of HIV damage a person’s body by destroying specific blood cells, called CD4+ T cells, which are crucial to helping the body fight diseases.
Electron microscope image of HIV The small green spheres on the surface of white blood cells.

Were did HIV/AIDS come from?

For many years scientists theorized as to the origins of HIV and how it appeared in the human population, most believing that HIV originated in other primates. Then in 1999, an international team of researchers reported that they had discovered the origins of HIV-1, the predominant strain of HIV in the developed world.

Scientists identified a type of chimpanzee in West Africa as the source of HIV infection in humans. They believe that the chimpanzee version of the immunodeficiency virus (called simian immunodeficiency virus or SIV) most likely was transmitted to humans and mutated into HIV when humans hunted these chimpanzees for meat and came into contact with their infected blood. Over decades, the virus slowly spread across Africa and later into other parts of the world.

How is HIV spread?

Most common ways of transmitting / getting HIV
  • Unprotected Sex
  • Having multiple sex partners or the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can increase the risk of infection during sex.
  • Sharing needles, syringes, rinse water, or other equipment used to prepare illicit drugs for injection.
  • Being born to an infected mother—HIV can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy, birth, or breast-feeding.

Less Common ways of transmitting / getting HIV
  • Being “stuck” with an HIV-contaminated needle or other sharp object. This risk pertains mainly to healthcare workers.

  • Receiving blood transfusions, blood products, or organ/tissue transplants that are contaminated with HIV.  This risk is extremely remote due to the rigorous testing of the U.S. blood supply and donated organs/tissue.

  • HIV may also be transmitted through unsafe or unsanitary injections or other medical or dental practices.  However, the risk is also remote with current safety standards in the U.S.

  • Eating food that has been pre-chewed by an HIV-infected person.  The contamination occurs when infected blood from a caregiver’s mouth mixes with food while chewing.  This appears to be a rare occurrence and has only been documented among infants whose caregiver gave them pre-chewed food. 

  • Being bitten by a person with HIV. Each of the very small number of cases has included severe trauma with extensive tissue damage and the presence of blood. There is no risk of transmission if the skin is not broken. 

  • Contact between broken skin, wounds, or mucous membranes and HIV-infected blood or blood-contaminated body fluids. These reports have also been extremely rare.

  • There is an extremely remote chance that HIV could be transmitted during “French” or deep, open-mouth kissing with an HIV-infected person if the HIV-infected person’s mouth or gums are bleeding.

  • Tattooing or body piercing present a potential risk of HIV transmission, but no cases of HIV transmission from these activities have been documented. Only sterile equipment should be used for tattooing or body piercing.

  • There have been a few documented cases in Europe and North Africa where infants have been infected by unsafe injections and then transmitted HIV to their mothers through breastfeeding.  There have been no documented cases of this mode of transmission in the U.S.

How can I prevent myself from getting the HIV Virus?

  • Know your HIV status. Everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should be tested for HIV at least once. If you are at increased risk for HIV, you should be tested for HIV at least once a year. 
  • If you have HIV, you can get medical care, treatment, and supportive services to help you stay healthy and reduce your ability to transmit the virus to others.
  • If you are pregnant and find that you have HIV, treatments are available to reduce the chance that your baby will have HIV.
  • Abstain from sexual activity or be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.
  • Limit your number of sex partners. The fewer partners you have, the less likely you are to encounter someone who is infected with HIV or another STD.
  • Correct and consistent condom use. Latex condoms are highly effective at preventing transmission of HIV and some other sexually transmitted diseases. “Natural” or lambskin condoms do not provide sufficient protection against HIV infection.
  • Get tested and treated for STDs and insist that your partners do too.
  • Male circumcision has also been shown to reduce the risk of HIV transmission from women to men during vaginal sex.
  • Do not inject drugs. If you inject drugs, you should get counseling and treatment to stop or reduce your drug use. If you cannot stop injecting drugs, use clean needles and works when injecting. 
  • Obtain medical treatment immediately if you think you were exposed to HIV. Sometimes, HIV medications can prevent infection if they are started quickly. This is called post-exposure prophylaxis.
  • Participate in risk reduction programs. Programs exist to help people make healthy decisions, such as negotiating condom use or discussing HIV status. Your health department can refer you to programs in your area.

How dose the HIV blood test work?

  • Most HIV tests are antibody tests that measure the antibodies your body makes against HIV. It can take some time for the immune system to produce enough antibodies for the antibody test to detect, and this time period can vary from person to person. This time period is commonly referred to as the “window period.” Most people will develop detectable antibodies within 2 to 8 weeks (the average is 25 days). Even so, there is a chance that some individuals will take longer to develop detectable antibodies. Therefore, if the initial negative HIV test was conducted within the first 3 months after possible exposure, repeat testing should be considered >3 months after the exposure occurred to account for the possibility of a false-negative result. Ninety-seven percent of persons will develop antibodies in the first 3 months following the time of their infection. In very rare cases, it can take up to 6 months to develop antibodies to HIV.
  • Another type of test is an RNA test, which detects the HIV virus directly. The time between HIV infection and RNA detection is 9–11 days. These tests, which are more costly and used less often than antibody tests, are used in some parts of the United States.

  • There are also rapid HIV tests available that can give results in as little as 20 minutes. A positive HIV test result means that a person may have been infected with HIV. All positive HIV test results, regardless of whether they are from rapid or conventional tests, must be verified by a second “confirmatory” HIV test.

What are the symptoms of HIV/AIDS?

When someone is first infected with HIV, they may have no signs or symptoms at all, although they are still able to transmit the virus to others. Many people develop a breif flu-like illness two or four weeks after becoming infected. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Rash

Years Later
A person may remain symptom-free for years, but as the virus continues to multiply and destroy immune cells, the person may develop mild infections or chronic symptoms such as: 
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight Loss
  • Fever
  • Cough and shortness of breath

What are the stages for HIV/AIDS?

Most of us are used to thinking of disease in very simple terms: if you feel sick, you are sick; if you feel healthy, you are healthy. However, because HIV may begin causing subtle changes in the immune system long before an infected person feels sick, most doctors have adopted the term "HIV disease" to cover the entire HIV spectrum, from initial infection to full-blown AIDS (which is also called "advanced HIV disease").

The HIV continuum described below is representative of the experience of many people with HIV. The time that it takes for each individual to go through these stages varies. For most people, however, the progression of HIV disease is fairly slow, taking several years from infection to the development of severe immune suppression.

Following exposure to the virus, HIV enters the bloodstream and begins to take up residence in the cells; this is when HIV infection occurs. People with HIV are considered to be infectious (able to transmit HIV to others) immediately after infection with the virus. A person with HIV is infectious at all times. Also, a person does not need to have symptoms or look sick to have HIV. In fact, people may look perfectly healthy for many years despite the fact that they have HIV in their bodies. The only way to find out if you are infected is by taking an HIV test.

STAGE 1: Primary HIV infectionIs the first stage of HIV disease, typically lasting only a week or two, when the virus first establishes itself in the body. Some researchers use the term acute HIV infection to describe the period of time between when a person is first infected with HIV and when antibodies (proteins made by the immune system in response to infection) against the virus are produced by the body (usually 6 to 12 weeks) and can be detected by an HIV test.

STAGE 2: Seroconversion
This term refers to the time when an HIV positive person's immune system responds to the infection by producing antibodies to the virus. Most people develop antibodies within three months after infection, and some can take up to six months. If an antibody test is done before seroconversion is complete, it may give a "false negative" result because sufficient antibodies have not yet been developed by the body. A three-month window period between infection and production of antibodies is normal for most of the population. Very, very rarely (i.e., in only a few cases ever), a person may take six months to produce antibodies. To be certain of your HIV status, take an HIV antibody test three months or longer after you were exposed to the virus. For even greater certainty, get tested again six months after the exposure occurred.

STAGE 3: The Asymptomatic StageAfter the acute stage of HIV infection, people infected with HIV continue to look and feel completely well for long periods, usually for many years. During this time, the only indication that you are infected with HIV is that you will test positive on standard (antibody) HIV tests and you may have swollen lymph glands. This means that you look and feel healthy but can infect other people through unprotected sex or through needle sharing -- especially if you have not been tested and do not know that you are infected. Even though an infected person may appear perfectly healthy, HIV is still very active and is continuing to weaken the immune system during this stage. In some individuals, the virus appears to slowly damage the immune system 
over a number of years. In most people, however, a faster decline of the immune system occurs at some point, and the virus rapidly replicates. This damage can be seen in blood tests before any actual symptoms are experienced.
STAGE 4: Early- and Medium-Stage HIV Symptomatic Disease
When the immune system is compromised by HIV infection, many people begin to experience some mild HIV disease symptoms, such as skin rashes, fatigue, night sweats, slight weight loss, mouth ulcers, and fungal skin and nail infections.Most, though not all, will experience mild symptoms such as these before developing more serious illnesses. Although one's prognosis varies greatly depending on a number of factors, it is generally believed that it takes five to seven years for the first mild symptoms to appear. These symptoms mark the early and medium stages of HIV symptomatic disease. As the disease progresses, some individuals may become quite ill even if they have not yet been diagnosed with AIDS, the late stage of HIV disease. Typical problems include chronic oral or vaginal thrush (a fungal rash or spots), recurrent herpes blisters on the mouth (cold sores) or genitals, ongoing fevers, persistent diarrhea, and significant weight loss. These symptoms are not necessarily specific to HIV or the development of AIDS. However, they should be of concern to people who have tested positive for HIV. Usually, symptoms occur when the virus has already caused considerable damage to the immune system. For that reason, people with HIV should not wait until symptoms appear to get medical treatment. Also, people with high risk for HIV infection should not wait to for symptoms to appear before getting tested.

STAGE 5: Late-Stage HIV Disease (AIDS)Receiving an AIDS diagnosis does not necessarily mean that the diagnosed person will die soon; some people have lived for many years after their diagnosis. This is even more the case today with the availability of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), which has helped extend the lives of thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS. In addition, many opportunistic infections can be prevented or treated successfully. This has substantially increased the longevity and quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS. Does everyone who has HIV eventually develop AIDS? We don't know for certain. Studies show that the majority of untreated people do eventually become ill from HIV. However, with regular medical care and other positive lifestyle factors, such as emotional support, many long-term survivors have been living with HIV/AIDS for upwards of two decades. As existing treatments are used earlier in the course of HIV disease and new treatments are developed, it has become possible to further postpone, and perhaps even prevent, illness.

What are the treatment options for HIV/ADIS 

Usually, the CD4 test is used to determine when a person should start treatment.

A CD4 test measures the number of T-helper cells (in a cubic millimetre of blood) which is known as a CD4 count. Someone who is not infected with HIV normally has between 500 and 1200 cells/mm3. In a person infected with HIV, the CD4 count often declines over a number of years.

HIV drug treatment is generally recommended when the CD4 test shows fewer than 350 cells/mm3. World Health Organization (WHO) 2010 guidelines recommend starting treatment for all patients with CD4 counts of <350 cells/mm3 in all countries. Although most resource-limited countries aim to follow these guidelines, a number still observe the WHO's 2006 guidelines, which recommend starting treatment at less than 200 cells/mm3.

Treatment includes: 
  • Antiretrovirals, also know as ARVs, anti-HIV or anti-AIDS drugs - The aim of antiretroviral treatment is to keep the amount of HIV in the body at a low level. This stops any weakening of the immune system and allows it to recover from any damage that HIV might have caused already; This Main type of treatment option for HIV Virus.
  • Combination of three or more anti-HIV drugs is sometimes referred to as Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART). Doctor tend to use his type of treatment  because if a person infected with HIV only used one drug , the HIV would quickly become resistant to it and the drug would stop working. Taking two or more antiretrovirals at the same time vastly reduces the rate at which resistance would develop, making treatment more effective in the long term.
  • First & second Line Therapy - At the beginning of treatment, the combination of drugs that a person is given is called first line therapy. If after a while HIV becomes resistant to this combination, or if side effects are particularly bad, then a change to second line therapy is usually recommended. Second line therapy will ideally include a minimum of three new drugs, with at least one from a new class, in order to increase the likelihood of treatment success.

HIV/AIDS Facts & Statistics  

  • Yo cannot get Aids by hugging or kissing someone (unless you are "french Kissing" someone with HIV/AIDS, even then it is rare for someone to contract the HIV Virus)
  • There are more than 20 approved antiretroviral drugs but not all are licensed or available in every country
  • There are five groups of antiretroviral drugs
  • Since 1990, the global number of people leaving with HIV has increased. 
  • In year 2009, the number started decreasing and are now about the same as in 2007. 
  • By then end of 2010 there are 34 million people infected with the HIV Virus, compared 
  • to back in 1990 when only 8 million were infected world wide.

America Vs. Africa

  • HIV in America Unless otherwise noted, the term “HIV” primarily refers to HIV-1, however the first case of HIV-2 infection in the United States was diagnosed in 1987.
  • During 2009, there were an estimated 42,959 new diagnoses of HIV infection in the 40 states and five dependent areas. Adult or adolescent males accounted for three-quarters of new HIV diagnoses. The main transmission route among males was male-to-male sexual contact (74%), followed by heterosexual contact (14%) and injecting drug use (8%). Among female adult and adolescents, 84.9% were infected through heterosexual contact and 14.8% through injecting drug use.

  • In 2009 blacks/African Americans made up an estimated 50% of new HIV diagnoses, whites 27%, and Hispanics/Latinos 19%. HIV was diagnosed in an estimated 166 children (<13 years at diagnosis) in 2009, all but 35 became infected through mother-to-child transmission.
  • HIV-2 infections are predominantly found in Africa. West African nations with a prevalence of HIV-2 of more than 1% in the general population are Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Other West African countries reporting HIV-2 are Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, São Tomé, Senegal, and Togo. Angola and Mozambique are other African nations where the prevalence of HIV-2 is more than 1%.
  • Estimated adult (aged 15-49) HIV prevalence, in 2009 was 6.3%
  • Estimated number of people (all ages) living with HIV, 2009, estimate 1500 thousand
  • Estimated number of people (all ages) living with HIV, in 2009, low estimate 1300 thousand
  • Mother-to-child transmission, Estimated number of women (aged 15+) living with HIV, in 2009, 760 thousand
  • Paediatric infections, Estimated number of children (aged 0-14) living with HIV, in 2009,  180 thousand
  • Orphans, Children (aged 0-17) orphaned by AIDS, in 2009,

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Going for Gold

WOW, so many emotionally charged events have taken place here in Africa since our last blog post. Sorry we have not updated you since then but after we said our sad farewells to our team at Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport, they boarded their flight home and we flew to Nairobi to climb Mt. Kenya. We were on the mountain for the past three days and now with Internet connection again we are finally able to share the most exciting and memorable part of the entire adventure (and that means a lot considering how many exciting and memorable experiences we've all had).

On September 12th after our final day on Safari we headed to the bustling city of Arusha for the long-awaited race chair presentation. As we pulled up to the Ilboru Safari Lodge we were pleasantly surprised by this lovely venue where the lush garden area had been transformed in to a proper celebratory setting. The owner graciously hosted food and drinks for all 40 of us. The group consisted of nine athletes, the leader of the Kilele Foundation, our CAFrica team as well as local media representation. Seeing these athletes entering the garden filled us with the same enthused anticipation that a kid feels on Christmas morning.

One by one they filed in and we greeted them with handshakes and hugs. We could see the excitement in their eyes. After introductions we said a blessing and expressed our gratitude for this enormous event to finally come to fruition. Some of us spoke a few words and then it was time to try out these race chairs. The athletes jumped in the chairs and took them for a test drive. Their competitive spirit shone through as they raced each other and their gigantic smiles from ear to ear told the whole story. Many of them have their sites set on the Boston Marathon 2013 and the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio was a hot topic among them. With the help of this equipment it would not surprise us to see some gold medalists come out of this fit and determined bunch.

Our hearts were filled with gratification and a bit of sadness when we had to say goodbye to our new friends. We look forward to seeing what their future brings and we are thrilled to have the honor of giving back to these most-deserving athletes.