Project information

Aids Action Clubs

Aids Action Clubs aim to empower orphans, school children and the community in knowledge and understanding about reproductive health and HIV and AIDS. Through music, drama, dance and other creative expression, issues and stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS are tackled in a socially sustianable manner.

January 2013 - December 2014

Charity information: Temwa

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  • Need

    Need

    Malawi is ranked as the 8th poorest country in the world, and has one of the highest national HIV prevalence rates. 12% of 15-49 year olds in the country are infected (World Bank, 2010) and in 2009, 650,000 children were orphaned due to AIDS in Malawi - almost 11% of the youth population (UNAIDS, 2009). In recent community sensitization meetings, lack of awareness and knowledge were cited as the main reason behind the prevalence owing to inadequate government extension services.

    Solution

    Children who fall within the age group of 5-12 years old have a prevalence rate of just 1%. Therefore, this group offers a window of hope for containing the spread of the disease; if children are provided with the capacity to understand the risks involved before they are sexually active, they can be empowered to make informed decisions regarding their sexual health. Furthermore, clubs activities serve to reduce the community stigma associated with HIV, breaking the barriers that exist.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To empower adolescents to take responsibility for their own sexual and reproductive health.

    Activities

    » Through music, drama, dance and other creative expression, AACs provide an innovative means for young people to develop sexual health understanding.

    Continuation of 30 clubs and their activities, reaching over 1050 children, aged between 5-14 years.


  • Impact

    Impact

    In the long-term this project will work to reduce community stigma surrounding HIV and Aids, through continuing to reach over 6000 members of the community. It will encourage people to openly discuss their status and discuss issues of sexual health.

    In addition, the project will have a significant impact on the prevalence of HIV and AIDs among the children of Nkhata Bay North, who for the first time will the generation that can make informed sexual health decisions in an open environment.

    Risk

    As the project is community led a risk could be that the school groups are not fully engaged in the activities. We have dealt with this risk through a number of community sensitization meetings, ensuring that the community wants this project and feels ownership of it.

    Another risk is the possibility of another fuel crisis. This would severely affect our budgets for the proposed activities. We are monitoring this closely and have reserved funds.

    Reporting

    Through Quarterly reports donors are kept informed about the progress the project is making. As well as an end of project report and budget.

    All reports analyse targets, measure and indicators scheduled for each quarter drawing conclusions an devaluations of project outcomes and success.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Running of Clubs Running of all 30 clubs for a whole year
  • Background

    Location

    The region in which Temwa implements our projects – Nkhata Bay North – is severely in need of development. Currently there are no other NGOs working in the area because of its extremely difficult accessibility. The area can only be reached by infrequent ferry ride or by one poorly-maintained road over the mountains, which is impassable during the rainy season. This makes Temwa’s work both challenging and essential to the communities living in this isolated region.

    Beneficiaries

    Currently we serve a population of 32,000 people, 90% of this population are subsistence farmers of whom around 70% are living on less that 77p per day.

    While Temwa’s projects benefit every member of the communities we serve, we focus specifically on ensuring that projects reach orphans and vulnerable families – those affected by HIV & AIDS, female- or child-headed households, or families hosting orphans.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Temwa is uniquely equipped to manage development projects in the area due to the expertise of our large, almost entirely local staff; our knowledge of the area and the specific material and cultural issues there. Temwa’s projects have grown organically from the needs of the region, as identified and agreed upon by the community, meaning that the organisation has the trust and support of those benefitting from our projects.

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    People

    Henry Mwale

    Henry is the Health Project Officer, who is responsible for the oversight and implementation of all of our health education projects.

"The technical quality of the support provided by Temwa is very high, following methods of internationally-accepted good practice".

Dr. H. L. Potter OBE Food Security in Africa