Project information

Awareness in the community

Our aim is to bring about change in the cultural practices which continue to fuel the spread of HIV/Aids. We believe people have the right to access information in a format they can relate to. Previously most health education has been written in English which is pointless when you are illiterate.

It is ongoing

Charity information: A.S.A.P-Aids Support Awareness Project

A.S.A.P-Aids Support Awareness Project logo
  • Need

    Need

    We are trying to tackle previously unaddressed cultural practices such as dry sexual intercourse, sexual cleansing, child sex abuse, traditional medicine and the use of razor blades also the increase in anal sex, as we know these to be a key factor in the continuation of HIV/Aids.We also want to increase the number of people going for testing in order to know thier status. We want to empower people through our community based projects to bring about change.

    Solution

    By the filming of more local drama groups in productions covering the topics mentioned above. By producing more DVD's and training more volunteers in order to get this information to a wider audience. This brings about community discussion and behavioural change is more likely to be achieved if the whole community is involved. By involving women and girls in income generating projects we can help bring about change in self esteem and the balance of power in relationships.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To bring about a reduction in HIV/Aids and an end to stigmatization

    Activities

    » By spreading the dissemination of information in way people can understand and relate to, bringing about discussion leading to greater understanding

    Success will be...seeing a reduction in the spread of the disease. Also seeing communities supporting one another and openly addressing HIV/Aids and the complexities of the disease


    Aim 2

    To increase the number of people knowing their status and to remove the fear surrounding HIV/Aids

    Activities

    » By showing DVD;s of posertive speaking people living with the disease, showing people it is possible to live with HIV/Aids
    » By trying to increase the accessibilty of Voluntary Counselling and Testing for all.

    Success will be...seeing the number of people going to be tested significantly increase and people being able to be honest and open about being infected with the disease


    Aim 3

    To stop the abuse of children and encourage community support to allow them to attend school

    Activities

    » By ending the 'virgin cure myth' by training more community volunteers to disseminate information that dispels these tribal believes.
    » By trained community volunteers working with local community leaders to bring about community support to allow children to attend school

    Success will be...a significant decrease in the abuse of children and more children being supported by communities to attend school instead of caring for siblings or sick relatives


    Aim 4

    To decrease the marginalisation and vulnerability of women and to lower the prostitution rate.

    Activities

    » By re-skilling in income generating activities giving sex workers an alternative income and empowering women thus bringing about behavioural change

    Success will be...developing more community income generating activities and skills training workshops in more locations


  • Impact

    Impact

    The reduction of HIV/Aids and the improvement of the socio-economic status of the infected and afected. To bring an end to stigmatisation by understanding and educating. To empower all people to demand and access thier rights to knowledge, information and treatment. We will demonstrate the success by monitoring and evaluation at community and district level. We will see women fulfilling an income generating role within the community helping support childrens education

    Risk

    That behavioural change can not be brought about.
    We know from the areas we have worked in that if subjects are brought up for discussion at community level they are addressed. For example the practice of dry sex is thought to be normal in most Zambian relationships, this reduces condom usage. Once informed that this is not natural and there is an alternative, discussion is brought about, dialogue leads to understanding and understanding to awareness, bringing about change.

    Reporting

    We currently produce a newsletter which we send out to donors and potential donors twice annually. However we hope to improve our website to allow for monthly updates on projects and progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Training Volunteer field workers in counselling and HIV/Aids awareness. Salaries for skills trainers
      £2,000 Equipment Purchase 20 portable DVD players
      £2,000 Editing Post production of 10 DVD films
      £600 Communication Internet connection in Zambia for key volunteers
      £400 Printing information pamphlets & posters

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    AED £5,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    We currently work in 3 areas in Zambia. Chirundu on the boarder with Zimbabwe, rife with prostitution due to all the trucks passing through. The majority of the population are government officials or migrant workers. Mfuwe in Luangwa National Park, a remote but popular tourist destination which also has its problems with prostitution. Most of the population are employed by lodges or unemployed and Lusaka the capital. It is estimated that 14.3% of the population of Zambia are living with HIV/Aids

    Beneficiaries

    More than one in seven adults are living with HIV in ZambiaThe impact of HIV has gone beyond the household and community level. All areas of the public sector and economy have been weakened and national development is stifled. Children who are orphaned and abandoned due to stigma or lack of resources. Women who are more vulnerable to HIV and subject to gender based violence. Sex workers as there has been a marked increase fuelled by poverty, migrant workers and tourism.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity is best placed to carry out this project as all three trustees have either been born, lived or are living in Africa. We have discussed the problems we are aiming to address with African friends and as such we have the grass route knowledge of the problems that need addressing in the fight against the disease. We know how HIV/Aids impacts everyone's lives on a daily basis. We have been collaborating with other local NGO's since 2006 and have the connections and infrastructure in place

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    People

    Evans Graph- Volunteer

    He is project co-ordinator in Mfuwe. A local secondary school teacher his dedication to helping others is truely remakable.

    Sean Davison-

    Sean has Twotallmen production company and edits our DVD's for practically nothing,drastically reducing our costs.

    Abi Parker- Trustee

    Having founded the charity as x BA staff BA have supported her with over £5000 of free cargo allowing us to send over donated sewing machines etc

    Kathleen Kanchele-Volunteer

    She runs our drop in centre in collaboration with a local NGO Tasintha in Chirundu. It is here local women get sewing lessons and learn a new skill.