11.08.2013

Pay Fashion Forward: HEKO

Did you know 66% of the worlds HIV/AIDS population resides in Africa?

These women and children suffer not only physically, but emotionally and economically.
MochaClub is partnering with an organization called HEKO to help change that:

The Heritage Kenya Organization (HEKO) is a ministry in the Kibera slum of Nairobi that seeks to minister to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The goal of this project is to improve the health and nutritional status of those living with HIV/AIDS, through health and nutrition education sessions, counseling sessions, education support, food supplements, and capitalization of income generating activities. All women and children in the program are encouraged to attend support groups where they build relationships with survivors like themselves to encourage and support their new worldview and nutritional goals.
Currently, they offer sports and recreation preventative program, counseling for HIV/AIDS victims and their families, support groups for victims and nutritional education and feeding for those on antiretroviral medication. They also use any additional funds to advance the women with skills training. Women are taught skills such as knitting, jewelry making and sales. The objective of this program is to create a sustainable lifestyle for these women.
I love how this organization is not only providing them the healthcare they need physically and emotionally, but also teaching them about living a healthy lifestyle and being self-sustainable. If you've spent any time around this blog, you know that healthy living is one of the things I strongly believe in. In the attached video, my favorite story is about Edith. HEKO taught her how to live healthy and exercise, she can see her body is 'flexible and not big like before.' The eduation she is recieving from HEKO is healing her spirit and her body why she fights a terrible disease.
I LOVE that by supporting MochaClub with my purpose project I am going to be able to give women some of the same opportunities I have here- the option to live healthy and free. 
Check out this video to see how HEKO is changing the lives of women like Edith.
And if you haven't checked out my purpose project page- please do and see how you can help!