36 year old Grace Atieno lives in Nyanza Province in Western Kenya. Her home sits next to a large sugar cane field owned by a Kenyan corporation. You could say that Grace and her family face a grim future. To say that, might be understating things.

Grace is a single mother to seven children, and she has also taken in two orphans to care for as her own. She was left widowed in 2007, another of the many women of Nyanza victimized by the AIDS virus. Grace too is HIV positive.

When she's left weak by the opportunistic diseases that attack her body's immune system, she has to stay home and is unable to make the small wages she sometimes receives. Her children are left hungry. Grace's eldest daughter is 14 and attends school when she can. Because of her mother's circumstances, she is often sent home from school because she can't pay her school fees.

Grace's biggest concern is the state of the house that she and her children are forced to live in. The home is literally crumbling around them. "This house is cold and wet. It's almost like being outside." Grace fears the house will collapse, and she and her family will be left homeless. Portions of the thatched roof have caved in and the mud walls are deteriorating and the rains that fell in April impacted the structural integrity of her home.

Grace rarely receives a decent night's sleep. Worrying that her home will collapse is bad enough, but her fears over her children's safety make it impossible. You see, sugar cane fields are home to big snakes who often come out at night and slither into the house. Grace has awakened many times to find one of them close to her children.

You can help turn around Grace's future and help give she and her children a secure structure to live in. For just $10,000.00 Canadian, Christian Mission Aid can construct a home, called a "Unit of Hope" that Grace and her children can build a better future in.

These two room homes are secure, safe and comfortable for the AIDS widows who receive them. They have a concrete floor and walls built from specialized mud. The roof is made from corrugated metal and has a rain catchment gutter system, along with a water tank to collect the heavy Kenyan rains. A pit latrine provides hygiene and sanitation for the home. Widows are also given a bed and bedding along with garden tools and seeds to help the widows with nutrition and give them a way to help support their family.

A committee of community leaders has identified Grace as the next recipient of a Unit of Hope because of her desperate circumstances. Now it is time for us to respond.

Will you help Christian Mission Aid build a Unit of Hope and provide a home for Grace? She is waiting on you.

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