Supporting Students: Anti-AIDS Clubs
As a result, the club’s students have deepened their own awareness of the problems being faced, and have turned this knowledge into ambition for their efforts, expanding their program to visiting residential houses to speak on the subject, and holding debate meetings. With the club’s activities going well, AAR Japan is taking this chance to propose new initiatives, such as nurturing leaders in the lower primary school grades and strengthening links with local residents’ groups in order to ensure that the students are able to carry on the work under their own power.
|December 1st, 2011 – On AIDS day, an anti-AIDS club comes together to hold an AIDS awareness event in Chipapa.|
Supporting Awareness Events to Coincide with Zambia’s HIV Test Promotion Day
|June 23rd, 2012 – “To help prevent the spread of infection, it’s important to first check yourself.” Students promote HIV testing during a door-to-door visit. The girls in yellow t-shirts are members of the anti-AIDS club.|
|June 23rd, 2012 – On the day of the event, contraceptives and pamphlets outlining key information about HIV/AIDS were distributed to interested parties.|
|June 30th, 2012 – Outside the testing tent, club members recite poems advocating the tests.|
|June 30th, 2012 – Inside the testing tent. Once a finger is disinfected, a needle is used to draw and collect a sample of blood. The results are ready in 20 minutes.|
We asked another club member, Maria (13 years old), about her opinion of the HIV/AIDS problem in the area. She replied, “Lots of people are now aware of how to check for and prevent infection. I think our club’s efforts have helped, and things are slowly getting better.”
In addition to these efforts, AAR Japan is currently building a facility in Chipapa where HIV testing and counseling can be conducted. We hope that the clubs’ ongoing efforts will spur residents to undertake HIV testing on their own initiative.
※These efforts are being carried out with Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in addition to your heartfelt donations.