Dec 5, 2018

Second Version " HIV: a look through art"

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We are very pleased to share with you the fact that we are recently launched the second version of the prevention and sensitization art exhibition titled "HIV: a glance through Art". We have worked with the preparation of it since the beginning of this project in September 2018. The inauguration was held as part of the commemoration of the World AIDS Day (December 1st).

We recall that this disease has been contracted by more than 77 million people worldwide since the beginning of the epidemic. As of today, 35.4 million have died due to related diseases. Thanks to advances in treatment, HIV / AIDS infection ceased to be a deadly disease and can be considered today as a chronic disease.

The treatment also decreases contagiousness. That is one of the reasons why it is important that all people know if they are infected or not through an exam. Knowledge and education empowers one person, and consequently, we save many of HIV.

The first version of the art exhibition during 2016 was visited by more than 3500 people, and we hope that this exhibition can be seen by many more.

We thank all of you, our GlobalGiving donors, Comfenalco Antioquia and Fraternidad Medellín for supporting this project and other programs of our Foundation.

We hope that this exhibition and its various components meet the following goals:

  • Engaging people in dialogue around HIV
  • Raising awareness about this condition
  • Help disseminate knowledge and measures to prevent this infection, highlighting self-care, respect and self-determination in the exercise of a responsible and healthy sexuality as well as helping to reduce stigma and discrimination.

We share some photos of the opening ceremony and the winners!

We are still far from our fundraising goal, and we rely on your help!

 

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Estamos muy contentos de compartir con ustedes la inauguración de la segunda versión de la convocatoria: “VIH una mirada a través del Arte”, el pasado 29 de noviembre, actividad por la que hemos trabajado desde el inicio de este proyecto en septiembre 2018.  Esta inauguración se realizó en el marco de la conmemoración del día mundial de la lucha contra el sida (1° de diciembre).  

Recordamos que esta enfermedad ha sido contraída por más de 77 millones de personas a nivel mundial desde el comienzo de la epidemia,  de las cuales 35,4 millones fallecieron a causa de enfermedades relacionadasGracias a los avances en el tratamiento, la infección por VIH / sida, dejó de ser una enfermedad mortal y hoy se considera una enfermedad crónica.

El tratamiento también disminuye la contagiosidad. Por eso es importante que todas las personas conozcan si están infectados o no a través de un examen. Conocer es poder y educando una persona salvamos muchas del VIH. Nuestra primera versión en el 2016 fue visitada por más de 3500 personas, y esperamos que esta exhibición pueda ser vista por muchos más, durante el próximo mes que estará exhibida. 

Agradecemos a todos los donantes de GlobalGiving, a Comfenalco Antioquia y a Fraternidad Medellín por el apoyo para este proyecto y los programas de la Fundación.

Esperamos que esta exposición y sus distintos componentes, cumplan los objetivos de:

  • Entablar un diálogo entorno al VIH
  • Sensibilizar acerca de esta condición
  • Difundir conocimiento y las medidas de prevención de esta infección, destacando el auto-cuidado, el respeto y la libre determinación en el ejercicio de una sexualidad responsable, sana y placentera, y en especial, ayude a disminuir el estigma y la discriminación.

Les compartimos algunas fotos de la ceremonia de inauguración y de los ganadores!

Aún estamos lejos de la meta, esperamos poder continuar con su ayuda y que nos ayude en la difusión de este proyecto.

 

 

Oct 2, 2018

Stay tuned: our new project is live!

We want to use this last report to thank you, our donors, who constantly supported us in our first project ever partnering with GlobalGiving: "1800 young in Medellín sensitized to HIV: a hope"


It is thanks to your generous donations that the SiFuturo Foundation received over 6000 USD in donations since the year 2015. During that time, we were able to meet all the goals we set this project that began its implementation phase in 2016. Here a short recap of the activities we were able to drive: 

  • We managed to reach 1950 students with face-to-face workshops on HIV, STDs and sexual and reproductive health.
  • We designed an itinerant educational exhibition (Know and decide) with and for young people. We impacted 5907 young people in various educational institutions in the city of Medellín. 
  • We made our first call to artists for the first version of the artistic exhibition "HIV: a look through art", which was exhibited for a month together with Comfenalco Antioquia and had more than 3500 attendees
  • We are happy with the achievements and teachings we had thanks to this project, which would not have been possible without your support.

After all this achievements, it makes sense for us to give this project a closure and move forward with our next challenge. For that aim, we need your help!

We would like to invite you to continue accompanying us in our next project partnering with GlobalGiving: "EDUCATING ONE PERSON, SAVES MANY FROM HIV", which will be aimed at young people from the surrounding, underprivileged rural areas near Medellín. 

The goals of this new project include:

  1. Reaching 1500 young people with direct workshops,
  2. Take our educational exhibition "Know and decide" to various educational institutions in these surrounding municipalities
  3. Make a new call for artists for the second version of the exhibition "HIV: A look through art",
  4. Design an educational video that we can continue sharing with various educational institutions.

We launched this project only 22 days ago and we are still far from reaching our goals. We would very much appreciate your help and feel free to share the project with your friends and family!

We have seen our hope for 2015 come true: today we have many more young people sensitized about the HIV infection and who will be protected thanks to your help, but...we still have a lot of work to do!

Go check the video of this new project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-nejupwUgU&t=9s

Jun 29, 2018

Statistics, a new alliance and challenges ahead!

Dear GlobalGiving donors & SiFuturo friends,

This time, we wanted to summarize the reach of our prevention and sensitization campaigns funded by you – our supporters. The project titled “1800 young in Medellin sensitized to HIV: a hopehas been active for 2 years now, widely fulfilling all of our expectations. Alone in the first semester of 2018, we managed to bring our workshops to 585 young people in the city of Medellín and its surroundings.

Here are some key statistics of our workshops:

  1. In the Tulio Ospina high school, we conducted workshops for 121 students
  2. In the Alfonso Mora Naranjo high shool, we conducted workshops for 101 students
  3. In the San Lorenzo de Aburrá high school, we conducted workshops for 203 students
  4. In the José Manuel Gómez Serna high school, we conducted workshops for 160 students.  

We wanted to give you a glance into the structure of one of our prevention workshops, so you understand how prevention actions are carried out during the 3 meetings that usually constitute the workshop:

  • First session: HIV / AIDS awareness workshop: Why do we take risks if those can be avoided?
  • Second session: Academic discussion led by professional volunteers of the immunovirology research department of the University of Antioquia – one of our long-time academic partners.
  • Third session: Creative workshop: where we use art as a form of expression and collective learning, sharing experiences and collecting messages surrounding the topic of sexual and reproductive health.

The itinerant exhibition we financed with the resources raised in GlobalGiving is also a cornerstone of our workshops. In order to benefit the entire educational community during the time of intervention, the exhibition is taken to the schools and left there for a certain period of time for students to reflect on its messages. The exhibition is composed by 12 publicity pieces that illustrate HIV prevention messages in a creative and contemporary way aimed at reaching our target audience.

The aforementioned workshops had the support of the Ministry of Education of the Mayor's Office of Medellín through the Protected Environments School Program, prioritizing 7 educational institutions. Its purpose was to carry out educational and preventive actions during the first semester of 2018, and in this way strengthen sexual education projects contributing to the development of early warning mindsets in young people.

This alliance allowed for the development of coordinated work with state-funded psychologists in each institution, integrally addressing the issue of sexual and reproductive health.

Just for you to know, we will be closing this project soon. You cannot begin to imagine how grateful we are for your support: it has allowed for thousands to be sensitized about the HIV infection in the city of Medellín reducing stigma and having a long-term impact intended to improve the acceptance of infected individuals.

As you know, we already fulfilled the specific targets of this project. Nevertheless, preventing the spread of HIV and sensitizing young people about the infection is an ongoing task and something we strive for. That is the reason why we want you to stay tuned because a new project aimed at expanding the geographical reach of our sensitization workshops to the regions of Colombia will be launched soon and we need your help now more than ever!

 
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