Since 2011, the Blount Center has helped support Emory students and Faculty from the Candler School of Theology, Emory College, the Rollins School of Public Health, and the Laney Graduate School working in eight-week field placements with a Kenyan FBO called Nyumbani. Founded by Father Angelo D’Agostino in 1992, Nyumbani is a model program that provides comprehensive clinical and psychosocial services to children living with and/or orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
Eight students have worked in Lea Toto, a Nyumbani program that provides HIV primary care to over 3,500 HIV-positive children living in a series of informal settlements in Nairobi. Other students worked in Nyumbani Village, an innovative program that provides a permanent home and a vast array of educational, medical, and psychosocial services for over 1,000 children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and over 100 adults who lost their adult children to HIV/AIDS. The village, located near Kutui (a rural area of Kenya about 120 miles outside of Nairobi), is also a model for sustainable development in organic farming and forestry.