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 

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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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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

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

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