Rob Golledge, a reporter for Midlands based UK newspaper Express & Star, has written for the title about life in Kenya.
In his piece entitled ‘Harsh Times in a blighted land’, he visits Agokgot in Siaya County where he meets 17 year old Elizabeth who is pregnant. Her father died of HIV, and her mother – who also has the disease – is in Uganda trying to earn a small living following the migratory fishing trade. So Elizabeth is left to care for her four siblings (2 brothers and 2 sisters) along with her grandmother.
Golledge reports that although they live in ‘the most deprived area of Kenya with the highest rates of HIV and malaria infection’, help for Elizabeth is at hand from retired teacher and now health volunteer, Esther Wasonga.
Esther is one of an army of volunteers, trained by Anglican church organisation ADS-Nyanza (Anglican Development Services Nyanza) as part of a project supported by Christian Aid, which is using its 2015 Christmas appeal to raise funds for health initiatives such as this one.
You can read Rob Golledge’s report in full on the Express & Star website.