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
In this video featured at the Peace Corps World AIDS Day Film Festival in Washington, D.C., on December 1, 2009, Education Volunteer Alison Boland shares how Peace Corps Volunteers in Mongolia combine HIV/AIDS work with sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention education in order to prevent the rising threat of an HIV/AIDS outbreak and to increase the overall awareness of sexual health among Mongolias youth. The video was produced by Alison and Health Volunteer Patrick Olsen.
I took this photo of Annette and Christy giving a condom demonstration during a Coaching for Hope workshop in Burkina Faso. 10 Volunteers brought 2 counterparts each to this July 2011 training to learn how to incorporate soccer drills into HIV/AIDS awareness education modules. - Peace Corps Health Volunteer Hayley Droppert
This photo was taken on a field trip to visit Association du Jour in Casablanca during a 3-day VAST Grant Training that was organized for Volunteers and their community partners. Most people in Morocco know of HIV/AIDS but they have never met anyone infected by it due to a high level of stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS. The highlights of this field trip are captured in this photo: putting a face to HIV/AIDS for Moroccans, Volunteers connecting community partners with leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Morocco, and eliminating stigma and discrimination in Morocco. Association du Jour is the first community association of people living with AIDS in Morocco. - Peace Corps Health Volunteer Diana Yan
This photo was taken on August 2, 2009 with one of the several Window of Hope groups that I worked with in Namibia. Window of Hope is a UNICEF driven educational program made up of lifeskills and HIV/AIDS education workshops. We met twice a week for several hours to discuss things that many young students encounter throughout the world including self-esteem issues, gender issues, pregnancy and HIV/AIDS education. It was a safe-haven for students who could not speak openly due to traditional stigmas on feelings, and general fears or questions children have growing up in a rural hostel school. This group has just finished the program! - Peace Corps Education Volunteer Melissa Becci