International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
The annual international AIDS candle light memorial (www.candlelightmemorial.org) is a Program of Global Health Council, and is one of the largest and oldest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV/AIDS awareness in the world. The Candlelight Memorial occurs on the third Sunday of May, lead by volunteer coordinators who host memorials for their communities worldwide. The RVCP through its program HIV Awareness, Reproductive Health and Family planning, has celebrated this event on Sunday 27th May, in southern province of Rwanda; with the 2012 Theme: “Promoting Health and Dignity Together”.
The total number of participants was 577 participant
OBJECTIVES OF CANDLELIGHT MARCH MEMORIAL
- Honor those affected by HIV/AIDS in order to give a hope for people living with HIV/AIDs.
- Community education on HIV/AIDS basics (Transmission, Prevention and Treatment) promote Voluntary Counseling and Testing of HIV
- Address the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, calling for more actions to support them and making anti retroviral accessible to as many people as possible
- Call for more action to help children infected and/or orphaned by HIV/AIDS
- Call for greater strategies and actions to help strengthen preventative measures promoting responsible behavior amongst youth and the general community
- Fight against the stigma and discrimination associated with the AIDS pandemic.
Emmanuel Bakundukize , the coordinator of RVCP requested people present at the event that they should combat the discrimination against HIV positive persons. He went on demanding them to disseminate this information in villages.
The representative of the District of Huye AIDS Control Committee, Monique Uwase called upon youth to keep in mind that HIV AIDS is against Rwandan vision of being a developed country. “Our ambition is to become a developed nation. This cannot be achieved if we have many people suffering from HIV/AIDS” said Uwase.
Melissa Wong,the Co- president of GlobeMED , a partner of RVCP based at the George Washington University expressed gratitude to the Rwandan associations including RVCP in their fight against HIV AIDS. She explained that basing on statistics of 1994 when HIV AIDS prevalence rate was 24% of the population and now 3.1% less than the rate of HIV AIDS in Washington where it is 3.2%, Rwanda shows remarkable progress which is praiseworthy and should continue.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2012 in Huye district was marked also by songs, poems, dramas all containing message that youth should fight HIV AIDS to build a bright future.
The Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP) is a non-profit organization run by students from the National University of Rwanda. It is part of the larger International Student’s Association of Village Concept Projects. RVCP takes creative approaches to solving problems found in the surrounding communities and in Butare, Rwanda. RVCP also works to bring sustainable income generation projects to those communities as well as working with the Huye Health Center and sponsoring several youth clubs focusing on both malaria and STD/HIV prevention.
- We thank a lot GlobeMed for the financial support provided to carry out the 29th International AIDS
Candlelight memorial 2012
- We thank a lot PSI Rwanda for the assistance provided for the event implementation
- We thank a lot SULFO-Rwanda for the support provided for Rwanda village concept project.
- We thank a lot HUYE district leaders for multipurpose room provided for Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP)
- We thank a lot the National Traffic Police for the security during the march
- We thank a lot CDLS Huye
- We thank a lot HUYE Youth Friendly Center (DUSHISHOZE Center)
- We thank a lot LUCS (LIGUE UNIVERSITAIRE TO LUTTE CONTRE LE SIDA) for their participation
- We thank a lot the National University of Rwanda for the daily assistance for Rwanda village concept
-National Officer on Reproductive Health including AIDS/Rwanda 2011
-Director of Development department –Ubuzima program 2011
-Director General of BST project 2009-2011
March around Buatre town
March around Buatre town.
participants light candles
Participants light candles