In 1997 a group of women began meeting and soon realized that many of their struggles were related to the AIDS pandemic. A support group for those who were HIV positive was started. Later, it was expanded to include assistance for orphans. By 2005 a building was constructed, that is now Uzima Centre. The assistance provided has changed over the years as the reality of HIV in East Africa continues to provide new challenges; but the compassionate care that is offered continues to be the foundation of the program.
We believe that hope, health and education can change lives. All of our various programs contain these three key elements. Support groups enable people to encourage one another and to find hope. Assistance is given so that healthcare needs are met. Education is provided so that each person can make informed decisions regarding their future. We have seen how lives can change when these three basic needs are addressed.
To provide hope, healthcare and education to people living with HIV and vulnerable children.
That people living with HIV and vulnerable children may have life to the fullest.
At Uzima Centre it is our goal to see that each person reaches their fullest potential. Many who are living with HIV have been able to return to work, and now support themselves and their families. Children who are HIV + are healthy enough to attend school and enjoy their childhood. Orphans and other vulnerable children know that there are people who care about them and their future. We work to help each person become all that they can be.