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. 

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. 

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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.
- Peace Corps Health Volunteer Horace Askins 

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.

- Peace Corps Health Volunteer Horace Askins 

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Practice Makes Perfect! 

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 

Practice Makes Perfect! 

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 

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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.

Peace Corps Education Volunteer Katherine Talton  

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.

Peace Corps Education Volunteer Katherine Talton  

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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

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

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I was helping make hamburgers and fries with some other Volunteers for some of our Cameroonian friends while visiting my regional capital. I love children here and this young girl seemed amiable enough that I could approach her. She didn’t quite get the fist bump so it turned into a one finger and thus, voila, E.T. phone home!

 Peace Corps Volunteer Janelle Walikonis
 

I was helping make hamburgers and fries with some other Volunteers for some of our Cameroonian friends while visiting my regional capital. I love children here and this young girl seemed amiable enough that I could approach her. She didn’t quite get the fist bump so it turned into a one finger and thus, voila, E.T. phone home!

 Peace Corps Volunteer Janelle Walikonis

 

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erinmalay:

Today I accompanied two volunteers, who actively work with Green Camel Bell, a local environmental protection NGO. Lanzhou is not only one of the most polluted cities in China, it ranked bottom in the World Health Organization’s study as one of the most air polluted cities in the world. The idea of environmentalism is still relatively knew in China, as many people only focus on building industry and turn a blind eye to the destruction being done to our earth. 

We went to the outskirt of Lanzhou to a “rubbish place,” or rather, a dump. Here, trash is not being properly disposed of, simply being poured into a gigantic hole. As more and more trash has been dumped here, the increase in methane became so rapid to the point that trash has been repeatedly self-igniting. These volunteers previously worked with this area, bringing journalists out and having a story published, causing the local government to act. However, the local government’s solution was only temporary, pour water onto the fires.

Moving forward to continue efforts to resolve this problem, today’s focus was on taking air quality measurements, counting the number of recent self-ignited fires, and using some good ol’ photography to hopefully put together yet another story.

Though it seems few people in China seem to truly care about these devastating effects, as one volunteer said, “I care, and he cares, and you care, and that’s something.”  

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