Programs

In order to improve the health and economic wellbeing of families in Sub-Saharan Africa, beginning with Kenya, MRA operates a threefold program model:

goathope

Goat Hope Project – Our signature microenterprise project that works with rural households impacted with HIV/AIDS to fight the effects of malnutrition and poverty often characteristic of communities ravaged by this disease. Goat Hope focuses on enhancing the health and economic outlook of people affected with HIV/AIDS by gifting them with dairy goats that improve their nutrition through goat milk consumption while supplementing the household income through the sale of surplus milk.

To date, MRA has gifted over 300 dairy goats through Goat Hope which has contributed in increasing the personal income and nutritional wellbeing of almost 400 children, women and men affected with HIV/AIDS each year.

Because of Goat Hope’s achievements over the years, the demand for this programming has soared across rural Kenya. Consequently, requests have quickly outstripped our organizational capacity to launch, implement, and support projects in a timely and sustainable manner. Through rigorous needs assessment and extensive strategic planning, MRA determined that establishing a Social Venture Goat Farm (SVGF) will enhance our organizational capacity. Such enhancement will enable us respond to the current and future demands of Goat Hope program in a cost effective, self-sustaining, and impactful manner. In 2012 MRA officially opened our farm in Mwea.

In addition to gifting goats, we provide microenterprise training to our program beneficiaries with the objective of imparting skills that will enable them profitably operate goat projects in their own communities.

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MSER

Medical Supplies and Equipment Relief Program is designed to meet critical health needs of impoverished communities afflicted with HIV/AIDS in rural Kenya through strengthening the capacity of local healthcare institutions. MRA accomplishes this goal through mobilizing and leveraging resources from governments, communities, hospitals, partners and individuals with an aim of enhancing sustainable and cost-effective approaches to saving lives. To date, MRA estimates that medical supplies and equipment that amount to over $300,000 have been collected in the US and distributed to healthcare institutions throughout Kenya.

Some of the beneficiaries of MRA medical relief supplies and equipment include Friends of Lugullu Hospital in Western Kenya, and in Transmara District, Nkararo Health Clinic, Enoosaen Health Center, Kurangurik Dispensary, Akemo Valley Maternity and Nursing Home, and Kilgoris District Hospital all located in Kenya Rift Valley province.

outreach

Community Health Outreach Program aims to provide education and evidence-based HIV infection prevention services to communities most impacted with HIV/AIDS. Our single most effective strategy has been to align our program goals with Kenya government’s. That is, testing all HIV at risk adults by the end of next year. MRA’s voluntary HIV counseling and testing (VCT)campaigns target rural dwellers who are most underserved and have highest risk of mortality when infected due to the conditions of poverty and disease already prevalent in their communities. The challenge has been to sustain our VCT campaigns.

Our Community Health Outreach Program achieves its objectives through organizing health fares, mobile clinics including our ambulance program and medical missions. Our Medical Missions programs are designed to augment Kenya’s healthcare expertise with support from US based medical and paramedical professionals. We provide short and long term medical support to Kenyan hospitals which include but not limited to: direct patient treatment and care; medical and paramedic training; community health outreach and administrative support.