Beating the Odds with Hope and Courage

Nyumbani Village – Africa

At Nyumbani Village in Kenya, Sr. Julie Mulvihill, OSF, along with members of the Children of God Relief Institute, cares for orphans affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The 100 boys and girls served by Nyumbani are babies to young adults, many from families who could not—or would not—care for them. At Nyumbani, the children, who would otherwise be homeless, live in clean, bright cottages with small groups supervised by full-time Mums (for the girls) and Uncles (for the boys).  Together, they are family who rely on the support and love of one another.

Nyumbani Village is a program started in 1992 by Father D’Agostino and the Children of God Relief Institute in response to the growing number of HIV+ children in Africa. Without this resource, more than 854 children would have been without homes or medical care due to the loss of their families to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Sr. Julie—a former schoolteacher, principal, and hospital administrator—traveled to Africa in the early 1990s and witnessed the AIDS pandemic firsthand. “So many people were dying. Every 14 seconds AIDS orphaned another child; something needed to be done.” Sr. Julie contacted Father D’Agostino who immediately asked her to come and help.

Many Kenyan children are born HIV+ and rely on donations to pay for expensive treatment. Sr. Julia works hard with others to provide care and seeks out funding for the program. For many years the program has received strong support, but with the loss of a major donor, more assistance is needed now.

The Sisters of St. Francis ask for your help to support the medical treatment needed by the 100 children in the community. Plans are underway for other fundraising, but right now, the children of this village need treatment. Can you help in this period of need?

Please consider donating today. Whatever you give will help Sr. Julie provide the care that will keep these children together and healthy.  “The faith and the spirit of the children here are amazing.” Sr. Julie said in a 2006 Good News article. “I’ve seen so many people struggling with poverty and sickness in this county who don’t even have the basic needs and yet they say, ‘God is good all the time. All the time God is good.’”

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**Please note: Donations designated for a specific need will be allocated for that purpose. Once the purpose has been served, excess funds will be used for our greatest need.