WHO ARE WE
The International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV (INERELA+) Kenya Chapter is an interfaith, faith based non-profit organization which was established in 2004 after the African Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV (ANERELA+). The formation of ANERELA+ was inspired the first practicing religious leaders led by Canon Byamgisha to declare openly their HIV status.
Over the years, INERELA+ Kenya has empowered over 2000 religious leaders and has been able to reach over 5 million congregants in faith communities with key messaging on stigma reduction.
INERELA+ Kenya works through community and congregational platforms to engage, mobilize, empower and transform communities through faith sector platforms by integrating advocacy issues including sexual and gender based violence, gender justice, meaningful male engagement, paediatric HIV and TB treatment, mobilization for agribusiness to amplify empowerment to reduce vulnerability to HIV by addressing factors fuelling the spread of HIV.
INERELA+ KENYA'S PRESENCE IN COUNTIES
INERELA+ Kenya works through community mobilization, empowerment and transformation by integrating health education, agribusiness empowerment, gender justice and discourse, SAVE mainstreaming, advocacy and capacity building to address self and community stigma, influence faith communities and national policies around HIV programming, gender, human dignity and accountability and creation of heralds of change to transform their communities.
The network has 15 county chapters (offices) as indicated on the map =>
The story of the Ustadh starts with his mom who succumbed to HIV. The mom had difficulties in opening up with her son. He got the news of his mom’s sickness from a neighbor, by then it was too late for her to receive the required medications and care. This made him [...]
During COVID-19 where many children have gone through lots of violence, he used his space to capacity build the children on interacting with other society members so that they won’t be exploited by them. He trained them on how to speak out in case someone [...]
During the FCI implementation, she kept on communicating and passing messages of hope on HIV. Thanks to INERELA KENYA who empowered them on knowledge of passing messages of hope to their congregations. Interacted with 4 groups of people; • Children affected by HIV [...]