Jun 22, 2017

GlobalGiving visited SIFUTURO

Global giving's visite 1
Global giving's visite 1

The 21st and 22nd of April we met Maria and Star. Maria works as GlobalGiving´s country representative in Colombia.

Star was accompanying Maria´s field travels and works for Global Giving too. Together with Sifuturo´s legal representative Mariluz, our Director Luz Beatriz and Caterine, our workshop guide, they visited some of our projects in the city of Medellín, Colombia

Their journey began in a public school in the outskirts of the city. Our educational exhibition "Vih: Conoce and Decide" was displayed in there.  This exhibition was entirely financed thanks to the resourcews obtained throurgh GlobalGiving´s plataform.

Then they visited our facilities inside of La Maria Hospital. Star and Maria could witness a job skills workshop for the mother of our foundation together with the music workshop for the kids. The music workshop are possible  thanks a cooperation we achieved some time ago with the Yamaha Foundation. 

Global givings visite 2
Global givings visite 2
Global giving's visite 3
Global giving's visite 3
Global giving's visite 4
Global giving's visite 4
Global giving's visite 5
Global giving's visite 5
Global giving's visite 6
Global giving's visite 6
Mar 23, 2017

Our project in 2017

Nothing happens to me
Nothing happens to me

To defeat the fear, some youth are considered immune to any danger. They are covered by the breastplate of the omnipotence and put in risk their future and their life. Until one day they discovery that they are not immortal" Flavio Gikovate

Frequently, the adolescents considered that they are free of risks and that the problems will not affect them; they are not aware of the dangers and minimize the facts. The decisions taken by them, and especially those related with their sexuality should be backed by a complete information that will allow them to make free, responsible and consensual choices.  (Of our exhibition "Know and Decide")

 

At SiFuturo we are happy because we were able to meet our goal of reaching more than 1800 young people in order to sensitize them about the HIV virus during the year 2016. Thanks to all of you - our Global Giving benefactors:

-The prevention  workshops ended up directly benefiting more than 907 young people.

-In addition to that, the installation of our itinerary educational exhibition called "HIV: Know and Decide" was possible thanks to the resources raised through the platform.   The itinerary exhibition was first displayed at the Research Headquarters of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Antioquia. In our guided tour of the exhibition, we counted with the presence of more than 200 students and subsequently other additional 300 attendees. 

-Furthermore, and once again, thanks to the resources we happily obtained from you through GlobalGiving, we managed to fully develop an artistic line within the foundation. "HIV: a Glance through Art” was our first official artistic exhibition. The entity that hosted the exhibition (Comfenalco Antioquia, one of Colombia’s largest social investment funds) certified more than 3500 attendees. That certification was received by the foundation in January of this very same year.

2017 is our second year being a vetted organization by GlobalGiving. We dedicated the first months of this year to the coordination and execution of the following activities that comprise:

1)     The continuation of our prevention workshops for young people, both in public and private education institutions in the city of Medellin.

2)     Raising awareness among young people about the HIV infection and its related aspects, helped by the structuring of our artistic line.

3)     Taking our educational itinerary exhibition to various places so we can increase the reach of the prevention and sensitization message it purports. In order to accomplish that aim, we partnered with the University of Medellin and the Remington University. We are expecting to set a date to coordinate the installation of the exhibition in their facilities.  

4)     We are planning to carry out a second version of the artistic exhibition "HIV: a Glance through Art” by December 1, 2017.

We envisioned our foundation to be the carrier of a message of prevention of the HIV infection in the city. The latter through our newly developed artistic line and in order to achieve a higher order goal that is to have an entire generation free of HIV. We seek to spread our message using a language that connects both the soul and allows for a diversity of thoughts.

In April, we are expecting to meet Maria Acevedo in our facilities. She is a representative of GlobalGiving that will personally visit our projects in order to further explore cooperation possibilities between the platform and our foundation.  

Our exhibition "HIV a glance through the art"
Our exhibition "HIV a glance through the art"
Workshops
Workshops
Dec 27, 2016

Our first year: "1800 youth in Medellin sensitized to HIV: A hope"

Winner
Winner

The HIV/AIDS epidemic in different places of the world is stable with tendency to the decrease, but in Colombia, in particular in Medellin the epidemic is increasing; in fact, 800 persons are diagnosed with HIV every year, most of them between 16 and 26 years of age.

The project: "1800 young sensitized towards the HIV, a hope" seeks to contribute with the prevention of this infection, aiming to decrease the number of new infections and the stigma associated to it while increasing the social acceptance of the infected individuals. This project consists of three axes: art, communication and prevention.

  1. Art: The 1st of December, the international day of fight against the HIV, was the opening of the artistic exhibition "HIV, a look through the art". This exhibition was the result of an artistic call that was made in various art departments of different schools and universities, including the Institute of fine arts of Medellin and the University of Antioquia, in particular with students of the Faculties of Art and Medicine. This artistic call was carried out along with workshops seeking a better sensitization of the artists with the specific subject of HIV. The exhibition was carried out at the showroom of the COMFENALCO library, in downtown, Medellin, a space that is usually visited by young students of different local institutions. Attached is a video of the opening exhibition.
  2. Communication: There was an educational photo display that opened in September, at the research headquarters of the University of Antioquia, a space that is frequently visited by high school and young university students; in fact, more than 200 hundred students had a guided visit through this exhibition, along with sensitization talks on the subject, plus the regular daily visitors. It includes 12 photographs with a current and modern graphic concept that was oriented by HIV-1 infected persons. The exhibition has been very well taken, and the idea is to display it at several different places in 2017, including educational parks, libraries, and college museums, among others. Collages of the photo display and of different visitors comments are attached.
  3. Prevention: The educational intervention has been carried out with 907 high school adolescents in 54 different didactic encounters from different institutions. Of these, 27 meetings were psychosocial oriented, emphasizing on the importance of practicing a responsible sexuality. The additional 27 encounters were carried-out with scientists, experts in the subject, who strengthened concepts on HIV, including transmission routes, prevention strategies, AIDS, among others. The discussion was oriented based on the film "Transit". The SiFuturo Foundation team and scientists from the Immunovirology Group, School of Medicine, University of Antioquia were the leaders of these meetings.Written material was design as communication pieces for these educational activities, and also to call for the art and the educational exhibition (material attached)

2017 will be a year to give continuity to this initiative that leaves a positive balance, facing the high demand that arises in the context of education. The Foundation will continue the work on HIV prevention, sensitizing as much young people as possible. Similarly, art takes the city to convey realities from other perspectives, to express human contents in an easy and comfortable way. Hoinge that the initiative "HIV a look through the art" continues to be part of the social dynamic that redefines experiences and immortalizes stories.

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