We would like to thank you for your generous contribution to our project through Global Giving. We have initiated our project, aimed at teenagers in Cochabamba, this year.
During the school holidays, the IDH team worked on the contents, design, and production of the educational materials that are used throughout our project and distributed to the teenagers, parents, and schoolteachers we work with. As part of our project, we are working to reduce the incidence of sexual abuse through raising awareness and educating young people about prevention through simple everyday actions. During the past three months, we have laid down a plan for our upcoming activities and liaised with the educational authorities to receive their permission to work with the local schools and to ensure their continued support for our project. IDH was the only NGO invited to the launch of the Educational Services Department, demonstrating the strong collaborative relationship we have built over the years. We have also started the training of our volunteers, who are an integral part of our project, on the topic of sexual abuse so that they can become peer educators and help deliver crucial information to vulnerable teenagers across the community.
We would like to share with you the story of Yawira who has participated in our project and has been volunteering with IDH for the past two years.
“My name is Yawira Fulguera Condori, I am 12 years old and I go to school at the Unidad Educative Marista. I have been volunteering with IDH for the past 2 years, after hearing about them from my older sister. I know a lot about HIV now. I had a professor once who said in class that HIV was contagious and I corrected him and then he got angry with me. When I grow up, I will protect myself, but some of my classmates don’t know how to talk about this topic, because they are immature.
In my house, we talk about the topic often, when we are eating or walking somewhere, and they also know more things about HIV now that I have talked to them about what I have learnt. I have shown them a lot of the materials from IDH, especially the ones about prevention, the little booklet called “Amor Sexo y Algo más”. The topic this year was “My first love”. When my sister fell in love, I felt a bit jealous and I told my mom about it.
In the future, I would like to meet more people that I can talk about this topic, beacuse some of my friends don’t know about it and I would like to give them some information, so that they know more and they can tell to other people, too. It would be like forming a very long chain with all our friends, where one friend tells another and then she tells another one afterwards.”