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Health Plus: Upendo Village


Nurses in eastern Iowa are helping care for patients in a remote village in Kenya.

It's all because of a woman who took her message about the AIDS epidemic to a global stage.

Here's Tara Thomas with Health Plus:

Sister Florence Muia is convinced one dollar can make a difference.

"It's about saving lives and all of us can do that by donating a dollar to put a meal on the table of an orphaned child."

Through a program she started for people living with HIV and AIDS in Kenya, the African woman is saving lives.

It's called Upendo Village and recently she was back in eastern Iowa to share stories of its success at Waterloo's Covenant Medical Center.

Like how low-cost nutritional supplements can keep a child from being orphaned.

"it resonated with who we are as a Wheaton Franciscan system and when we saw what could be done with nutritional supplements we were all extremely inspired because I think some times we get caught up in the medical technology of everything that's going on and it's kinda like, 'wow! this is something very simple that's having very profound effects," says Nancy Weber, Chief Nursing Officer.

Associates at Covenant and Sartori Memorial Hospital were so moved, they raised more than one-thousand dollars for the program.

"With a little, you can do so much."

That money will do things like buy goats for families who can use the animal to secure economic independence.

"We are also empowering them to have a stake in the society. We are helping them to have a future. We are also trying to avoid them repeating the cycle of their parents."

More than one-and-a-half million Kenyans are living with HIV and AIDS.

In Waterloo, Tara Thomas, Iowa's News Channel Seven

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