TIBA's project 'Give Me Another Chance' aims to reach people in the slums of Nairobi who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and who are in denial and struggling to accept the diagnosis, with terrible consequences for themselves and their families. We aim to support them to access medical care and to acquire inner strength and knowledge to enable them to manage their condition and also to overcome the stigma and discrimination they face in the community.
It is statistically proven that the life of a person living with HIV/ AIDS is significantly influenced by his or her psychological well-being. We have seen many people succumb to the AIDS virus, while others live full lives in similar situations. The difference seems to be how they perceive themselves. Some people experience despair, isolate themselves and don't come forward to use the available medical help, culminating in a weakened immune system: they succumb more quickly to the virus.
Our aim is to reach out to those living in denial of their HIV/AIDS status. The project will show them that they are not alone, provide them with the tools, skills and networks to take charge of and redefine their lives.This project will also educate the general public about HIV/AIDS in order to reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with the virus. It will include public speaking, testimonies and stories of people living with HIV/AIDS.
The project aims to reach out to 200 people living in denial with HIV/AIDS. It will train them and equip them with life skills that will improve their quality of life. The 200 people will then make a team of ambassadors who will inspire others in similar situations in the community. They will receive ongoing support from TIBA. So far 10 people have gone through this program and 50 people went through an earlier pilot program. Please help us towards achieving our target.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).