Several years ago, Toto Tours received an email from a fledgling organization in Nairobi that was dedicated to helping men who have sex with men (MSMs) by teaching them about safe sex practices, supplying them with condoms, working to reconcile them with their families, and providing referrals to legal and health services when needed. This was our first contact, and we were eager to find ways to support the “Brethren” in their important work. We publicized their work in one of our monthly newsletters, posted a page on our website, and continued to build awareness about the organization’s needs.
“The Brethren Concern is a small non-profit Community Based Organization (CBO) registered with the government in Kenya. They started working with gay men in 2004. There were only a few places where we were able to meet to socialize and find partners. Our community was desperate and much stressed due to the universal rejection we faced. Our main objective is to advocate for the rights of MSMs to access medical care and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
We have been successful in reuniting at least ten guys with their families, where they have now been accepted the way they are. We have also made referrals to others to health care facilities where they can be treated without fear of discrimination. Furthermore, we are distributing free condoms to MSMs. Most of them do not have time to collect condoms from health centers, so we bring the condoms to them.”
They are accomplishing quite a bit with a scarcity of resources, but they could do so much more! Their most pressing needs are:
• A permanent resource center office where MSMs can come to receive education on sexual health, and where they can hold seminars on HIV/AIDS
• A permanent safe house
• A health network for distribution of condoms and lubes
• Used or new office equipment (computer, fax, telephone, stationery and other supplies)
• Used clothing
• An income-generating project which can sustain the organization into the future
How You Can Help
Toto Tours will be happy to serve as the conduit for your contributions to this worthy cause, and as always when we perform this service we absorb any bank fees ourselves. We provide a full record of the bank transaction so that you know 100% of your contribution has reached its intended destination. If you would prefer to make your contribution directly, contact us and we will get you that information.