We’re half way there
By: Teneka King | June 22nd, 2016
It’s only natural to go dormant in the cold seasons, but the first half of 2016 has been busier than ever. Luckily, the warm weather is finally upon us and we are bursting at the seams with excitement, not only about the weather, but about the amazing work that we’ve been doing on the ground these past 6 months. Here’s a preview of some current projects that are creating tremendous impact.
Responding to a changing epidemic.
In South Africa, the national response to HIV now recognizes the health of children and youth as the pivotal piece to ending this epidemic. We couldn’t agree with this more and are finding innovative ways to improve services for children and young people at our programs. At the Blue Roof, we’re transforming the clinic into a model center for children and youth, that includes clinical services, HIV prevention programs, career development, community initiatives, education and training.
Daring to bear.
Last month we asked the public to bear witness to the issue of child sexual abuse by speaking out and donating to get more abused children the care and treatment they need, and reduce their risk of contracting HIV. Through our Dare to Bear campaign and our community of supporters, we raised almost $80,000 for our partner in Durban, South Africa.
P.S. If you haven’t already, you can still purchase the campaign t-shirt here.
Giving young people a voice.
In Mombasa, Kenya, we’ve established the ‘Youth Zone,’ a space created by youth for youth. All young people in the community, including over 400 youth receiving HIV treatment in our program, are welcomed for youth-specific services that includes prevention, treatment, and sexual and reproductive health services.
Using the arts to heal.
We believe in the power of the arts to heal and have continued to integrate music and the arts into our programs through two new partnerships. In Kampala, Uganda, we’ve joined forces with Musicians Without Borders to develop a music program that teaches young people living with HIV musical leadership methods to mentor younger children. And in Durban, South Africa, we’re working with the Lalela Project to bring afterschool arts programs to children and youth to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit.
On the horizon.
For the second half of the year, we will be working on expanding our impact by sharing what we’ve learned in our programs.
- In July, we’ll be showcasing elements of our work at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. Next month we’ll be sharing more updates on the ground.
- With our partners in India, we are expanding our work in Maharashtra state to improve care in children’s orphanages and gearing up for phase 2 of the Bhavishya Project focused on women and children.
- Our annual Black Ball will be taking place on Wednesday, October 19, so stay tuned for more announcements!
With your support, we are a major player in the fight against AIDS and meeting the unique needs of every community we serve. Our impact is reaching the lives of tens of thousands of people, but we can’t stop now. Although we’ve made tremendous progress, 50% of children living with HIV are still NOT receiving treatment. So we will continue to grow and strengthen our programs until 100% of children are able to receive the HIV care and treatment they need and deserve.
If you would like to know more about our impact, our programs, or our plans, please contact email@example.com for more information. We’re excited to share.