Channels of Hope for HIV Facilitator Training

by AIDSLink International
Channels of Hope for HIV Facilitator Training

In a recent 3 day HIV/AIDS workshop that we conducted, we had 26 people attending.   A lady by the name of Saru* joined us.  Previously she only had negative experiences whenever she would tell of her HIV status.  When people would learn of her status, everyone would keep their distance from her and that was very difficult for her, it was painful.  However, in this workshop it was a totally different experience and everyone accepted her!  This was a huge change for Saru* and has helped her to gain confidence and a sense of restored HOPE!   There are still so many people in Nepal just like Saru* who face similar situations of discrimination and isolation.  Thank you for your part in helping us to be real Channels of Hope for our people!

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India CoHFT comments:

 Rather than me going into a bunch of details, I am going to simply include quotes from participants and let them share with you some of what they experienced.  If you have comments, thoughts, or questions, please do write back to us! 

Quotes from a few particpants from the Channels of Hope Training: 

 “There are miles to reach others through love, that's what I learned.  I specially am thankful for this program to make us know where we are our knowledge and understanding of HIV&AIDS. But by this program I learn a lot on how to reach others.”

“I am so blessed with your Teachings, Fellowship and your presence.  I learned so many things from your Attitude, Behaviour,  Hard working , Smiling face and Peace of mind.

Thank you very much for your Love and Friendship.”

“After Channels of hope training we are burdened to work among people living with HIV.  We are really touched in our hearts through this training.  So now we are going to do ground work in our city and region.”

“Through your teaching and through your guidance we have to be Channels of Hope for People living with HIV.”

“I'm working for HIV infected widows and children. We have 800 widows waiting for Rice and groceries. But right now we are focusing 200 widows and  HIV infected 50 children and we are running free tuition center for Gypsy community children in 8 rural village and free sewing training center for women.”

 “This training made me be me, in my original format as opposed to my nature in my judgemental society.”  

 We are really blown away with how proactive this group is already…..within days after our training ended, various ones had workshops back in their communities!

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After 2years of not having a face-to-face Channels of Hope Facilitators Training, in July we as a team of 5 trainers we had a privilege of leading the Channels of Hope Facilitator’s training that was held in central Zimbabwe with the Anglican Diocese. In this team of 5 trainers 2 where from Zimbabwe, our lead trainer came from Austria, one from Zimbabwe and the other one from South Africa. Having local trainers joined our training team was a very encouraging and special time for the training team.

 In this training we had 25 participants mainly all from Zimbabwe and one from Tanzania. Rarely have we seen such a dedicated, enthusiastic, and eager group. Each person is strategic in their local communities, and all are eager to make a difference as they have been empowered to be Transmitters of Hope.

 Participants were challenged in so many areas and a number of them testified as to how they had been deeply impacted through this training! Here are a couple of comments from participants:

                “I fall short of words to thank you enough for the wonderful training. It will remain outstanding in my memory forever!”

 “Of all the workshops/trainings that I have attended, I have never come across such dedicated people like our facilitators! Every meeting was so well prepared and presented. Demonstrated a caring and fluent facilitation spirit!”

 “This training created the zeal and motivation to go out and be Channels of Hope”

One of the things that continuously comes back to my mind ever since this key training is “Now what?”   Now what regarding AIDSLink and Zimbabwe?? There is so much work to be done in our country of Zimbabwe.

 Receiving such feedback from the participants has made this work of doing this training worth it and we are looking forward to many trainings that we can do on a face-to-face basis. We can never be able to run such trainings without the generosity and the support of all our donors and we are very grateful and humbled by that.

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In the past, HIV and AIDS was something which people were scared to talk about and mostly the advocates were motivated by huge salaries and other incentives which was not aligned with serving people who are really affected and infected.

 Our partner organisation from Zambia asked AIDSLink to train their workers who have a passion to serve the community around HIV and AIDS. These workers who came for training where not motivated by salaries but by the need they see in the communities around them.

The training was based on the transformation of the mind and attitude (reset) towards people living with HIV, as we looked on the basic principles of HIV and AIDS. The trainers challenged the participants on how they can be engaged in this task (Restart) and how they can bring a difference in their communities they are living in. Some participants did not know the number of people living with HIV in the world, and it was a shock to many of them when they came to know that more than 37 million people are living with HIV. One participant confessed, ‘we need to refocus our attention to this need.’  It was encouraging to see how these participants were contributing to the class and how they realized the great need which is at their doorstep. The COVID issue was looked at and how it has drawn the attention of everyone and how huge of resources has been given towards that, although some parts of the world the resource was not used properly. The trainers challenged the participants to have the same urgency of overseeing the issue of HIV, then we will see the enormous difference in every community.

At the end of the training the participants recommitted themselves to start mobilizing more people to join on the work of HIV. Some are planning to bring sustainable projects to people who are living with HIV. It was a great excitement to the trainers to see how the participants responded and the interest they showed to this task.

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The number of street children in Zambia has doubled from 35,000 to 75,000 in recent years. This has brought concern to people working with these children. They are very vulnerable to being victims (and perpetrators) of rape and drugs.

The age of children who are found on the street is between 11 to 18, most of them are double orphans. HIV and AIDS is one of the major causes of orphans in Zambia.

The AIDSLink Team in Zambia is partnering with the ministry called ‘Hope on the Streets’ which is training people who are working with children on the street. Hope on the Streets have realized that HIV is also among these children because they are sexually active, so they asked AIDSLink to train their workers on this area.

The trainees were shocked to that the HIV prevalence rate among the young people in Zambia is so high. Some Trainees didn’t have much knowledge about HIV and how it affects the society around them. Upon looking on the basic lessons on HIV and AIDS they were able to appreciate the training and now can engage with children on the street effectively.

Some of the topics which were covered was how HIV attacks the Immune system, The stages of infection, how HIV can be transmitted and how workers may be help people who are living with HIV. It was really encouraging to see how people are passionate to see that the children get the knowledge so that they can change the pattern of their lifestyle.

This training challenged the attitude of the trainees too, and some were able to admit that they have not interacted with the people or children who are living with HIV well in the past. These Trainees confessed that they need to change their attitude because they didn’t know that the Children who are living on the street are also in danger of becoming infected with HIV if they are not taught.

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