Peace Corps Volunteer Katia Sirios works with EVE for Life, an organization that offers counseling and advocacy support for HIV-positive women and children. At the organizations drop-in center, women can bring their children to a safe space where they have access to computers, job assistance programs, and counseling.
A student in Morocco holds some of the ribbons that were distributed during a local music festival. Volunteers, a Moroccan HIV/AIDS organization, and local high school students conducted outreach and HIV testing.
Two boys are walking home from school, one is HIV positive and the other HIV negative. Swaziland has a HIV prevalence between 26-33% percent depending on what study you are looking at. Everyone everywhere is living with or around it and yet it is still not openly discussed. These boys defy that norm though and that is partially due to the fact that they can’t remember a time when things were different. The positive boy helps his brother with his schoolwork while the negative boy helps his brother to take his ARVs. Through the simple act of brotherhood, these two boys are helping a community fight stigma and helping to solidify the idea that HIV is a part of daily life.
These photos were taken on May 20, 2011 at the HIV/Aids candlelight memorial in Ukraine. Students of all ages participated in a candlelight walk, quizzes focused on prevention and stigma reduction, behavior pledges, and presented interpretive dance, song and readings. The evening ended with an outdoor disco in what is now an annual event.
Peace Corps Community Development Volunteer Victoria Lamb
This photo was taken after a week-long training of trainers on the topic of HIV/AIDS and behavior change communication in the Philippines, which included interviews of local sex workers, and a testimonial from a person living with HIV.
Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer Blake Van Fleteren, one of the facilitators of the training, lighting the last candle to complete the red ribbon.
In honor of World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently unveiled the PEPFAR Blueprint for Creating an AIDS-Free Generation and our Volunteers are playing a key role in this initiative!
This photo was taken during a World AIDS Day observance in Lovech, Bulgaria in 2011. Youth volunteers from the Bulgarian Red Cross spent the afternoon passing out brochures, condoms, etc. in the Lovech city center. The event culminated with the lighting of an AIDS awareness ribbon.
Two students demonstrate proper condom usage on a realistic model at a “Love Your Body, Empower The Mind” gender empowerment and sexual health camp in Thailand. The local hospital graciously lent us these models to use as well as their time. An HIV/AIDS nurse came to my camp to help educate the students about HIV/AIDS, proper contraception utilization, as well as to destigmatize using a condom. The students each had a chance to practice their newfound skills.
Peace Corps Community Development Volunteer Kyle Livingston
Peace Corps Community Development Volunteer Dina Davis holds the stickers she designed to accompany informational pamphlets for World AIDS Day. The campaign was initiated and carried out by the Peace Corps Paraguay AIDS Taskforce.
These photos show the final product of the mural the students and teachers painted at my primary school in Burkina Faso in January 2012. The mural followed activities I led with the teachers to teach the students about HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention and stigma.
Here are some of our students playing a game centered on myths and facts about AIDS/HIV. This took place at a nursing school in Mongolia during the school’s first Worlds AIDS Awareness Day on December 2, 2009.
My husband, Ben, and I were Volunteers in the rural village of Mokuruanyane, South Africa from 2007-2009. I was a Community & HIV/AIDS Outreach Project Volunteer and Ben was an Education Volunteer.
My primary project was working with four women educators to develop Chrysalis Girls Club, an after-school girls empowerment program for the 75 7th grade girls in our village. In the 2008 school year, six weeks of our program were devoted to women’s reproductive health, sex education, and HIV/AIDS awareness & prevention. The girls designed an HIV/AIDS mural, and Ben worked with five male students from the secondary school to sketch the mural onto the wall of Abbotspoort Higher Primary School.
While I worked with the women educators to provide HIV/AIDS education, Ben supervised the girls in painting the mural. Ben took this photo in November 2008, at the end of our first successful year of Chrysalis Girls Club. The mural faces the main road that runs through Mokuruanyane.
Peace Corps Community Development Volunteer Susia Barr-Wilson