My students in Kyrgyzstan assist in giving an HIV/AIDS training to students in honor of World AIDS Day.
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This photo was taken at a World AIDS Day vigil in Fiji on Dec. 1, 2009. Stakeholders in reproductive health organized the event which included personal testimony, a puppet show about prevention, and speakers from each major religious denomination who spoke on uniting for the cause. This photo shows the candle lighting on a large red ribbon. There were 311 candles to represent the confirmed cases of HIV on the island at the time. - Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer Sarah Taylor
Thank you for reading, watching, and reblogging during our Worlds AIDS Day 2011 commemoration. December 1st is just one day out of many that Peace Corps Volunteers work to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS around the world. For more information on what Peace Corps Volunteers do, visit www.peacecorps.gov/hiv
Students at a Peace Corps Volunteer’s school in China commemorate World AIDS Day.
Community members hold a candlelight vigil for people suffering from HIV/AIDS in Ecuador.
United in Response
A Peace Corps Volunteer congratulates her student on his creation of an HIV/AIDS mural at the Kerugoya School for the Deaf in Kenya.
I took this photo during an HIV/AIDS awareness camp held in Ukraine. The three students seen here, from the 8th form, created the poster as a project to show what they learned. The poster says "We Stop AIDS Together" in Ukrainian. - Peace Corps Education Volunteer Kathryn Trescott
During a sex education lesson in El Salvador, the youth group members hold signs to organize themselves in the process of condom application. - Peace Corps Volunteer Jessica Rogala
One of the “safe sex” t-shirts designed by students during an HIV/AIDS education event led by Peace Corps Volunteers in Belize.
Many Volunteers will contribute to HIV/AIDS initiatives during their service, regardless of their area of expertise. For instance, Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Jared Tharp is working on an urban garden at a hospital in Senegal that helps feed the patients in the infectious diseases ward. He also tends to several smaller gardens that are used by the patients as part of their therapy and works with local families, many of whom who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, to develop their own sustainable food sources.
This photo was taken in Peru, on the eve of World AIDS Day, 2009. We received a small PEPFAR grant to run a year-long HIV prevention program, focused on training youth peer educators and educating the community about prevention through mass media. World AIDS Day was a flurry of activity, with our peer educators participating in educational fairs, talking to the media, and organizing community-wide parades.
However, on the eve of November 30th, we took a pause to hold a candle-light vigil in the central plaza of our community. Young and old all came together to hold up candles and sing in solidarity with those who have been affected by HIV and with hope for the next generation that they may grow-up HIV free. - Peace Corps Volunteer Sarah Walker
"I wasn’t sure how my background in business could be useful in dealing with HIV and AIDS. But by teaching business skills to women impacted by the pandemic, they were empowered to create viable businesses that could sustain them and the people who depended on them."- Peace Corps Volunteer Stephanie Saltzman