Nakuru, Kenya 31st October 2014 -Nakuru County is set to benefit from the Beyond Zero Campaign after First Lady Margaret Kenyatta promised to hand over a Beyond Zero Mobile Clinic to the County.
Speaking after officially opening the Assumption Sisters of Nairobi (ASN) Upendo Village Social Services Building in Lakeview Ward, Naivasha yesterday, she said the campaign was still “well on course.”
“Our Beyond Zero campaign for maternal death and new HIV/Aids infection is within the targets,” she said.
She hailed the village for their initiative in supporting the orphaned children whose parents have succumbed to the HIV/Aids.
Speaking at the same forum, the Nakuru County governor Kinuthia Mbugua said the county had set aside Sh 55 million to support in the fight against HIV/Aids scourge.
“Each ward will receive at least Sh 1 million to support the fight against HIV/Aids initiative, “he said.
In response to a request by the village’ administrators, Mr Mbugua said the County will, in its budget, factor in the baby formula to support the Upendo Village.
The village founder Sr. Florence Muia said watching all the suffering, and succumbing to the HIV/Aids Scourge was heart wrenching for her.
“I realized that I needed to establish a Kenyan project by and for the Kenyan people. My vision was for a safe haven for women, men, and children affected by the disease. I wanted to call this sanctuary ‘Upendo Village,” she said.
Sister Muia said they were in the process of making the village self-sustaining by starting income generating projects.
Present at the function included Nakuru County First Lady Mrs. Lucia Mbugua, Naivasha MP John Kihagi, Speaker of the County Assembly Hon. Susan Kihika, Nakuru County Women representative Mary Mbugua and other leaders and executives from Nakuru County.
Photos: Mwangi Macharia.