Today was an incredible day. Check out the images to see why.
These first few were actually from yesterday. We went to a Kenyan church and these are some of the people that were there.
This is Nick. He runs a group called community transformers that cares for people dying of AIDS. They also do free testing and counseling. AIDS is an enormous issue here. Its said that the number of people infected with HIV or AIDS might be as high as 1 in 3.
This is the first home we visited today. Judy, who you can see on the bed, has advanced AIDS and has just recently received treatment. Her mom and sister on either side of her also have AIDS as does her 12 year old daughter who is currently in the hospital with AIDS related illnesses. This is one of the nicer streets in Methare, a slum outside of Nairobi. The germans came in about 10 years ago and paved the roads in this section and buried sewer lines. In the other portions there are ditches on either side of the street flowing with raw sewage. Ironically this doesn't seem to be an issue in the residents health. The sewer lines dump directly into a river that the runs through the slum.
Kibera, the slum I was in on the first day is one of the largest in the world with 1.2 million residents. Methare only has a couple hundred thousand. This is Francis. He has advanced AIDS and also suffers from tuberculosis. He was thrown out of his home recently and had to move in with his sister and her son. This normally wouldn't be too much of an issue except for the face that tuberculosis is an airborn illness and is easily spread. These last few are just some artsy fartsy images I took while waiting to be picked up. Lots of texture here.