HASPEG Kenya strives for an HIV free community. We create awareness on HIV by introducing voluntary testing centres in the community and encourage people at the community level to visit these facilities. We’ve been able to emphasize on the risks of early forced marriages by educating the masses on the negatives of forced marriages and campaign on Child rights.
On the 20th November 2015, HASPEG Kenya carried out this sensitization in Makueni County, Kola ward. This was done to elderly people and also the youth. In partnership with Machakos County government and Neighborhood Development Initiative we were been able to carry out this sensitization project together with life skills training to the youth. Eighty-five participants eventually took part, much more than the expected. The debates and discussion sessions held by professionals included topics such as:
- The current HIV/AIDS situation in Makueni;
- How to protect oneself against HIV/AIDS;
- People living with AIDS;
- Create a sense of awareness amongst the youngsters against HIV/Aids
- Prevent the society from being destroyed by HIV/Aids
- Help youngsters to understand the true meaning of sexuality and the different causes, which might lead to HIV/Aids.
- Make the people aware of how these diseases are destroying the whole world.
- Show different ways to prevent us from being affected by this dangerous disease.
- Motivate the people to create a sense of awareness against HIV/Aids in their community.
- Encourage them to organize different types of activities to fight this disease.
As mentioned by Dennis Nzuki in his final report, “This project has given us the chance to learn lots of new things regarding HIV/AIDS. It is rare to get such a type of workshop here in Kenya, Makueni, where you got so many people interested in participating. Normally, such workshops are organized by big organizations dealing directly with HIV/AIDS but it was the first time that a youth organization had organized it.