december 1 Hiv day!
Omilling village needs a HIV-AID awareness education but the village cannot afford it. I am raising money to run the project.
Several thousand of people are living with HIV in Omilling and new infections continue every year. World AIDS Day 2010 is all about raising awareness to tackle HIV prejudice and help to stop the spread of HIV.
Explore this project to ensure you understand the facts about HIV and find out what you can do to ACT AWARE. Make a donation and join the Omilling village and people over the world making a difference on December 1 2010.
The Omilling village faces several dilemmas, but let me take a step back and explain the over-charging dilemma of Omilling village so that you may understand other challenges that the local people are confronted with everyday.
The Omilling village has one of the southern Sudan’s worst HIV/AIDS rates at 39% (which is low-balling the figure – the statistic only includes pregnant women, which means the HIV/AIDS rate in the village is probably closer to 60%). The average age is 31 and life expectancy is 44. At the school alone, 85% of the children are OVCs (Orphaned or Vulnerable Children), which means that they have lost one or both parents, and their parents have no means of income. There are other serious problems in the area as well: alcoholism, malnutrition, and domestic abuse. A discussion of these issues would only lead to “a chicken or the egg” argument, but no one doubts that these problems fuel each other on a daily basis. The LRA imported HIV into the village during the years of their occupation during the civil war.
It is because of these issues that I see HIV education to be such an important factor in their lives. Anything I can do to give this people better opportunity to protect themselves, I will do so, because giving them a HIV AWARENESS is like giving them the wings that could help them rise above the astoundingly difficult conditions in which they were born. If they can use their HIV AWARENESS to make intelligent, cautious decisions to protect their lives, not only can they save themselves, but they can also save others by informing them about the dangers HIV.
If you are an American or a British with a heart to help poor HIV victims - you can do so by making a tax-deductible donation to HIV-AIDS Awareness Programme in south Sudan through our GlobalGiving partner to mark December 1 2010 world AID DAY.