By Menaka Dhingra and Nicole Dussault - Co-Presidents
Bosco during a Village Savings and Loan meeting
Happy New Year! This is a time for us all to refresh our lives and consider what is most important to us. As we enter 2014, we wanted to share with you a Story of Change about Bosco, who was also able to have a fresh start because of GWED-G. Please consider supporting our project and helping more men and women like Bosco be role models in their communities.
This is Bosco's story:
Bosco is a personal testimony to the impact of peer education. Before joining one of GWED-G's youth group, he recalls being very angry with his situation in the world. Now, he says he has hope to one day have a family where the priority is on health and education.
Bosco is the Secretary for the Palema Youth Group supported by GWED-G. Part of GlobeMed at Columbia’s HIV/AIDS prevention project involves engaging men in the fight against HIV/AIDS and targeting younger generations to adopt healthy behaviors early. As a member of the Palema Youth Group, Bosco acts as a “Positive Male Role Model,” advocating for healthy living through his actions. Instead of formal educational events, Bosco will start conversations with his peers during normal recreational activities and teach youth about safe sex practices and the consequences of gender-based violence that affect an entire community. The Palema Youth Group also has their own Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA), where every month youth save a portion of their income in a village bank and gain interest on their savings. The group can loan money for members’ investments and provide emergency assistance to members in needs. In phase 3 of GlobeMed at Columbia’s project, the youth group will decide on a communally owned income-generating activity to supplement their VSLA savings.
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