HOPE for AIDS teams foster responsible decision making, positive behavior and safe, supportive environments in order to reduce the transmission of HIV. We work to empower youth and adults with life skills, training for community leaders, local support groups and the development of progressive media tools. Recognizing the immense challenge of prevention and the need for customized and creative approaches, we take a “big picture” view of the individual-at-risk in society as we work together with our partners.
BURKINA FASO MEDIA
In Ouagadougou, the HOPE for AIDS team focus on Prevention efforts and HIV education through media. In both the French and Gourma language, volunteers have produced booklets and pamphlets clearly communicating safe ways to prevent new infections. In 3 local languages, they air regular radio shows hosting conversation about HIV topics as well as stream locally produced dramas also in Gourma.
BURKINA FASO VCT
In the Piela and Mahadaga communities of Burkina Faso, the HOPE for AIDS team is working to provide free confidential and voluntary testing in established medical centers. Along with testing, the trained volunteers provide pre and post test counseling to individuals looking for more information on how to prevent HIV and how to stay healthy while living with HIV. Medical care is offered as well as pastoral care from the local church. This program covers the cost of medicines to treat opportunistic diseases in up to 40 HIV positive clients per year in each rural medical center. A third counseling and testing center is under construction in the town of Fada N’Gourma.
YOUTH HIV ED 93912
Teenagers make up a great deal of the population in the churches of Eastern Burkina Faso. The generational gap that exists between the parents and youth is great and has resulted in a lack of mentorship. Many have received little information about HIV and AIDS so teaching is a necessity to encourage focused efforts toward prevention. This program provides for training in Fada N’ Gourma in the following areas: HIV and AIDS, discrimination, becoming agents of change, marriage and mentorship. Trainers from Mahadaga, Logobou, Boagidigou, Diapaga, Botou and Gayeri all travel to Fada N’Gourma for classes. At the end of each workshop, participants are given the resources to train in their own communities.
In Malawi, although the overall HIV prevalence rate has begun to fall slightly to 10.8%, the rate amongst youth in the 15-24 age group has actually been rising with the highest rates for the girls. Sex before marriage and unfaithfulness in marriage still account for over 85% of new HIV infections in Malawi and to date, National AIDS prevention campaigns have had little impact on behaviour change. This leaves the church with a real opportunity to promote godly lifestyle choices of abstinence before marriage and faithfulness within marriage as the best way to prevent the spread of HIV. The Malawi HOPE for AIDS Prevention project has two peer education programs working with youth and married couples respectively. The project has supported the development of specially written teaching materials in Chichewa, which are used by peer educators who aim to reach their peers within the context of long term friendships which encourages positive peer pressure and provides a more conducive environment for genuine behaviour change. To date 150 peer educators have been trained representing over 50 churches. The program also works with peer educators to seed fund on-going AIDS related ministries in their churches after completion of the church & community courses.
POSITIVE RAY 97488
In Positive Ray’s Prevention program we aim to educate community members of the effects of HIV and AIDS. We encourage people to know their status and offer Counseling and Testing services to communities. We serve workplaces, schools, prisons, clinics and neighborhoods. Prevention work in 8 communities reaches roughly 41,000 people. The Schools Programme creates awareness of HIV and AIDS and encourages youth to adopt healthy lifestyles (reduce risk of infections), and postpone sexual debut. Prevention education is also aimed at reducing the rate of teenage pregnancies. Our program surveyed youth in 4 schools served in order to stay in touch with emerging beliefs and behaviours that present new challenges to HIV prevention. We use the GOLD (Generation of leaders discovered) programme to facilitate and conduct prevention education and leadership training.
TODAY FOR TOMORROW 97684
Today for Tomorrow is a children’s HIV and AIDS prevention and education program aiming at kids and youth between the ages of 6 – 12 years. Children learn that they are special creations of God, become aware of HIV and AIDS and dangers of contracting it, learn about making right choices, developing Godly character, applying Biblical principles, taking responsibility and leadership in their own life, and respecting others.
The program assists churches, schools and others who work with children and youth to reach those in their community, building a bridge between young and old. Reaching out to the whole child assists their physical, social, intellectual, spiritual and emotional development. Teenagers are furthermore mentored in behaviour change by engaging them in HIV and AIDS information sharing. SIM assists its partner churches and organizations to implement the program into their current and new children and youth ministries.
RADICAL GRACE 98382
The HOPE for AIDS team in Thailand has designed and implemented creative HIV prevention strategies and models that actively promote care and destigmatization. They work to reduce the incidences of a symptom of broken relationships, namely, HIV and AIDS. By partnering with local agencies, they provide holistic training for faith leaders in the art of responding to the HIV phenomenon with the people living in Thailand. With an emphasis on community values, the team works to restore strong relationships in the self, family, community and country.
Local workers visit neighbors regularly to provide home-based care. They meet with teens to play soccer and encourage mentorship and positive decision-making. When it comes to training local leaders, they are gathering mission communities, pastors (from Thailand and Burma), international schools and churches.
TODAY FOR TOMORROW 96296
HOPE for AIDS Zimbabwe knows that Prevention is a vital piece to restoring health and dignity to people affected and infected by HIV. We look to educate and empower children, youth and adults to eradicate stigma and practice wise and whole living.
Volunteers for the program work hard to keep it sustainable. They harvest peanuts in March, grind them and sell jars of Peanut Butter to the community to support the kids activities and nourishment.
For children 12 years and younger, we use a holistic approach to create awareness of HIV and AIDS issues among children. In a 3 year curriculum, children develop a value system that helps them avoid contracting HIV. Children in church do the curriculum on Sundays while children in school do it at or after school during the week.
Adults and teenagers are taught primarily in the churches. At conferences, services and church meetings, leadership teams have agreed that at least 2 hours should be devoted to HIV Prevention Content.
We focus on reaching the whole child through a lesson curriculum which incorporates material and activities focusing on all aspects of a child’s life: spiritual, physical, mental and emotional. The program runs midweek for all children in the community regardless of religion, race or economic position. All our programs are run by volunteers who we train from the local churches. Our core team offers a minimum of 4 days intensive training either to train the implementer or trainers.
Botswana Life Skills Training
Kelebileone Ketswetse, 20, lives in the village of Lentsweletau. Interested in the local conversation informing HIV and AIDS, she has turned to HOPE for AIDS training workshops to equip herself with leadership skills and the knowledge to guide her community away from further HIV transmission. She works in secondary schools and in the community with young adults teaching HIV prevention. She focuses on shared leadership eager to see prevention workshops grow in other villages and towns.
The HOPE for AIDS team in Botswana mentors many like Kelebileone. Through peer education workshops, they are working hard to eradicate transmission factors in Kweneng East District. Recently, they have taken their training to the churches teaching pastors how to talk to their church communities about AIDS.