The first training of 7 HIV+ facilitators is planned for the second week of January. The money raised through Globalgiving has been sent to Supporting Community Response, our partner in Kenya, and they are preparing to run a five-day training of facilitators, after which each facilitator will return to their own HIV+ Support Groups and pass on what they have learnt through weekly sessions of half a day over a period of seven weeks. It is exciting that we are able to make a start with the programme and we are looking forward to informing all our Globalgiving supporters of the progress next time.
Two big developments over the summer- we are now registered on the Globalgiving US site, meaning our project is accessible to many more potential donors and supporters, and we have been using the results form our Globalgiving campaign as a basis for seeking further funding from Trusts and Foundations here in the UK. We are also actively seeking volunteers to help us with this task.
Meanwhile in Kenya our partner SCR is exploring the possibility of working more closely with another local organisation, ICA Kenya, who have adopted a similar approach with HIV+ people in neighbouring Eastern Province, and considering how the project can be started with less funding.
It is now 10 weeks since we began fundraising on Globalgiving, and we have managed to raise over £1,100 from 39 wonderful people! Exciting though this is, we still need more funding before we can get moving with the project and we need to identify 11 more donors by the end of July in order to be able to stay on the Globalgiving website.
We have recently contacted supporters with an appeal to talk to their families, friends and colleagues about this project and we are planning to circulate project details to institutional donors as well to build on the individual support already received. Any offers to help us with that are more than welcome!
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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
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