The My Living Positively booklets have been in high demand recently as organisations see others using the booklets. The information and guidance given in both the adult and child versions have been shown to be invaluable in communicating to children how to live with HIV positively as well as how adults can effectively support children living with HIV.
The books include information such as what is HIV, how to live with HIV, understanding ones changes in the body from HIV, understanding medicines (especially Antiretrovirals), HIV and discrimination, how best for adults to speak to children of different ages about HIV, and much more. Throughout the book there are opportunities to creatively participate with the educational material including drawing and colouring in.
Yezingane Network is a civil society network of networks made up of organisations working to address the impact of HIV and AIDS on children, families and communities. The Network represents the Children’s Sector on the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), and is one of nineteen Sectors that constitute the Council.
Recently we held a membership recruitment campaign and many new Yezingane Network members joined, and each new member (now a total of 110 new members at the time of writing this article) has received copies of the My Living Positively booklets as well as other Yezingane Network Publications. Additional grassroots level organisations have also received these valuable information resources. All Yezingane Network Provincial Representatives are currently receiving more My Living Positively to distribute to other grass root organisations. A total of 848 My Living Positively booklets and a total of 738 Helping Children with HIV booklets (a guide for adults) have been distributed between February and April 2012 in all languages.
At the moment these booklets are in three languages, namely, English, Zulu and Xhosa. We are currently planning (depending on funding received) to translate these books into Sesotho because of the expressed need for these booklets in the Limpopo Province.
These booklets are having a major impact in lives of children across South Africa and you the donor are to thank for your support in this project. It has been extremely encouraging to see the increased demand for the My Living Positively Booklets and to see the increased distribution across the country. Thank you for your support and we hope that we are able to continue to distribute these valuable publications across South Africa to children living with HIV/AIDS.
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