MRA began operations in Kenya in 2002. It was developed to participate in redressing¬† the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Kenya, beginning with rural communities where HIV/AIDS has devastated communities. With HIV/AIDS infection rates lingering around 10% of Kenya’s population, the socioeconomic impact of this occurrence has overstretched the social fiber of this country.

80% of Kenyans live in rural areas with 70% of them dependent on agriculture and livestock production for their livelihoods. Unfortunately, rural based households of PLWHA barely have adequate resources to sustain their familial needs let alone the special needs of a family member living with HIV/AIDS.

Initially, through our Medical Supplies and Equipment Relief program (MS+ER), MRA mainly concentrated on rehabilitating local hospitals by providing medical supplies and technical assistance to improve health and quality of life of Kenyan communities.

Based in New York City, MRA has, over the years, developed a network of partnerships with US and Kenyan based hospitals, corporations, airlines and a multitude of professionals who volunteer their skills to the organization. Through these partnerships, MRA has sent numerous consignments of medical supplies and equipment to Kenya.

In the course of running the medical relief program, MRA became aware that many people in the communities we operate in were unaware of their HIV status mainly due to cultural and/or economic reasons. MRA then launched the Community Health Outreach program that co-ordinates a collaborative effort between local healthcare providers and the community members to enhance: voluntary HIV testing and counseling campaigns, and operates general health fares and mobile wellness clinics, medical missions geared towards other public health initiatives.

Meanwhile, in response to the unprecedented socioeconomic need that MRA was confronted with in Kenya due to HIV/AIDS pandemic, we further expanded programming in 2006. Goat Hope was established as a microenterprise that aims to support the economic and nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).