On a World AIDS Day mission, the leaders of two Chicago-based HIV/AIDS non-profit organizations—The Children's Place Association and Global Alliance for Africa—journeyed to remote villages in Kenya and Tanzania, according to a press release from the former group. The aim of the trek was to assess their recent expansion of AIDS orphan care and to set the stage for further expansion.
From Nov. 28 to Dec. 8, Cathy Krieger, the president of The Children's Place Association, and Thomas Derdak, executive director of Global Alliance for Africa, were in Kenya to visit children in Nairobi as well as the more remote areas of Asembo Bay and Laikipia.
The Children's Place Association, located in Humboldt Park, is the city's leading provider of specialized early learning and day care for HIV/AIDS-infected and -affected toddlers and infants. Currently, Chicago-based Global Alliance for Africa helps provide care to AIDS orphans in Kenya and Tanzania, providing safe environments in extended family or foster care homes.
Since The Children's Place Association assumed the administrative tasks for Global Alliance's Chicago office in July, the alliance has generated concrete results, including expanded care and new donor commitments.