Prevent HIV-AIDS through Awareness in South Sudan

 
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$4,773
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Mar 25, 2014

Health Education - very Important

HIV & AIDs Educational workshop
HIV & AIDs Educational workshop

 Thanks for your generous gift to Prevent HIV-AID through Awareness in South Sudan.

Only months ago an alleged coup in South Sudan has left hundreds dead, and many in the region concerned for what the coming months may bring for the world's youngest country.

Public health education is a vital step to Omilling rural community understanding health issues.  Since we started our HIV awareness campaign the outcomes have been really good for the community. We have four local volunteers to visit each Sunday to give a one hour talk followed by 30 minutes question and answer season. This has been a very successful initiative, and for a small investment of time, there has been an increase of 200 people between January  and March tested for HIV.

This shall be followed by two hardest educational HIV workshops to produce maximum level of awareness at a village level with each gathering lasting 6 hours twice a month. Two HIV victims shall talk on how to avoid catching it, traditional leaders shall talk why is important to be faithful to your partner, and a Health-worker from Magwi Primary Healthcare shall talk how to live with HIV. At the end of the workshop the villagers will sing a song saying HIV is an enemy to live, HIV victims shall cry because their best lives have been contaminated by the virus - this is meant to create high level of HIV -AID awareness.

In the next quarter a new field update will be posted, so that you get to know what your contribution is helping to impact from the ground in Omilling.

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Dec 11, 2013

Much Rainfall Halted work

Awareness HIV/AIDs workshop
Awareness HIV/AIDs workshop

Heavy rainfall has lead to crop failures in Magwi county and hunger is threatening.

Thanks for your generous gift to Prevent HIV-AID through Awareness in South Sudan.

The Awareness campaign is encouraging Omilling villagers to talk freely about the virus, share information, and do voluntary testing to know their status. This is really good and we will continue pushing to raise Awareness.

The heavy rainfall has halted much of the campaign this year because the team cannot do field outreach as planned. To Omilling the road is too bad, and from September to November the outreach team can hardly get there. If the team drives they get stuck at Efo river when the water level swells higher, making it impossible to cross over. In spite of this three Awareness workshops were held with many villagers attending. The chief is organizing the villagers to repair the same bad holes, and badly demand pitches along Omilling road, which is a great relief for outreach team.

The road is usable now but not save. The outreach is resuming the campaign three times a week because it has stopped raining temporarily, and a land Rover  is suitable to drive through bad road.

In the next three months a new update will be posted, so you get to know what impact your contribution has helped to create, and other related activities.

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Aug 29, 2013

HIV-AID is an enemy for all!

Awareness HIV workshop
Awareness HIV workshop

HIV is a killer! AID is not good!

Thanks for your recent generous gift to Prevent HIV-AID through Awareness in South Sudan project. Your commitment to help with this cause is really appreciated by our board of trustees.

This is a hardest campaign against a common enemy HIV-AID. Before this project you cannot talk about HIV and sexual issues openly in Omilling. Most think is against the culture. To do voluntary HIV-testing was nearly impossible. This awareness campaign has changed the attitudes of people not only in Omilling but also in the county as a whole. In this past quarter 18 people did HIV-AID voluntary test to know their status, and ten workshops were held.

The beneficiaries are eager to see this project progressing. They need your help to change the negative attitudes against HIV-AID and the victims.

In the next field update we will send you a quarterly field reports about our work. You will get to know what your donation has helped impact, and what we have achieved.

Apr 22, 2013

Awareness is a Key to Stop HIV/AID

HIV/AID village workshop
HIV/AID village workshop

Thanks for your recent generous gift to Prevent HIV-AID through Awareness in South Sudan project. Your commitment to help the needy get out of poverty is really appreciated by our board of trustees and those who will benefit most - children and Moms!

This hard contest against HIV-AID has proven educative and informative.  To talk about HIV, and sex issues openly was illegal in Omilling due to cultural belief before this project.  To do HIV testing voluntarily was also not possible, suspects kept away, and most were discriminated before this project.

Our hard contests opened Omilling society, and villagers now are talking freely about HIV, AID, sex, and  condoms. Also suspects are not discriminated as before. Between January and March 2013, four (4) village workshops were held, and a drum of petrol was purchased to power Land Rover for field outreach. Approximately 200 villagers, 10 medical staff, and a number of school pupils took part in the event.

The beneficiaries are eager to see this project progressing. They need your help to keep sustaining the campaign to change the negative attitudes against HIV/AID and the victims.

Until this project is fully funded, we will be sending you quarterly field reports about our work. You will get to know what your donation has helped impact, what we have achieved.

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Dec 26, 2012

Fighting to raise HIV-AID Awareness locally

Year end meeting in Omilling
Year end meeting in Omilling

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year 2013!

Thanks for your recent generous gift to Prevent HIV-AID through Awareness in South Sudan project. Your committed to help the needy to get out of poverty is really appreciated by our trustees and those will benefit most – the children!

This Awareness campaign has proved useful to the rural communities. Before this project, it was illegal to talk to people living with HIV in Omilling, ask suspects to take voluntary HIV testing, and victims to declare themselves voluntarily. The communities also discriminated openly against the sufferers. But with your support the trend has changed positively in the past two years. Alone in December 2012 with your contributions four HIV/AID workshops was held, and 75 liter petrol was purchased to power the land Rover for HIV field outreach.

The beneficiaries are eager to see this project progressing. They need your help to keep the campaign running to change the negative attitudes against HIV/AID and the victims.

While our communities had just started to adjust from the shocks and devastation of prolonged civil war, they were yet met by airstrikes and ground assaults launched against South Sudan in the bordering states by Sudan armed forces and militant allies. This brought more unnecessary displacement, vulnerability, anguish and human suffering.

Life in the South Sudan – Sudan bordering states became unbearable as cost of living steadily skyrocketed. While two nations have signed a deal to promote peaceful coexistence, the impact of recent conflict include Abyei has caused humanitarian needs to the affected people.

We therefore, request our partners to continue their support to Hope Ofiriha and more importantly to the needy and vulnerable groups in the communities. We look forward to working with all of you in 2013.

May I take this opportunity to wish our donors and partners a Merry Christmas and very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year 2013!

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William Logai Ochieng

Oslo, Oslo Norway

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