Community sensitization event in Yagoua
It’s been an exciting few months for EFA’s newest association, AJUPS in Yagoua!
Since achieving its legalization in April, the inspiring members of AJUPS have worked incredibly hard to establish their operations, plan for their future financial stability and build their capacity to educate their community about living positively with HIV/AIDS. Having completed EFA’s Peer Educator training, made possible by your contributions, fourteen AJUPS members are now working as qualified Peer Educators in their region. A recent evaluation by EFA’s partner organization, PAIBLT or the Projet d’Appui a l’Initiative du Bassin du Lac Tchad (The HIV/AIDS Support Network of the Lake Chad Basin), estimated that these early efforts have already reached nearly 800 local young people, with over 60% of the neighborhoods in Yagoua already having benefited from a Peer Educator visit.
One of the most exciting things to see in the AJUPS experience is how the association has benefited from EFA’s work with local partners in the area. We have already seen the Department of Social Affairs in Yagoua give AJUPS a space in their office, free of charge. Our local partner, PAIBT, has also given AJUPS a donation of two kiosques and approximately 5,000 condoms which the association hopes to sell – at 100% profit! – as an income generating activity in the future.
The young members of AJUPS Yagoua have made incredible progress in only six short months. We can’t wait to see what they are capable of doing in the future!