Fikelela AIDS Project, an outreach program of the Anglican Church in Cape Town, South Africa, will bring its “Agents of Change” peer education program to help minimize HIV/AIDS among young people. It attacks the risky behaviors associated with HIV/AIDS prevalence and empowers and inspires youth to become “agents of change” in their communities. Peer educators are selected and trained to run a life-skills program in their churches and communities, covering such issues as HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy, alcohol, drugs and media. This project will reach 4,180 people with information on HIV/AIDS through the training of 160 peer educators.
Funds Needed: $30,268
Full Project Information: ARDF-South Africa-HIV Prevention
Impact Report (May 2013)
Help raise awareness:
South Africa has more people living with HIV/AIDS (about 5.6 million) than any other country in the world. In 2009,an estimated 310,000 South Africans died of the disease. Most people become infected while in their late teens and early 20s. Some age groups are affected more than others: prevalence is 17.8 percent among those ages 15 to 49; almost one in three women ages 25 to 29, and more than a quarter of all men, ages 30 to 34, are living with HIV.
Youth represent the greatest hope for turning the tide against HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Since HIV/AIDS is most prevalent among youth in South Africa, behavioral change among this age group can significantly reduce overall prevalence rates. Fikelela AIDS Project, an outreach program of the Anglican Church in Cape Town, South Africa, brought its “Agents of Change” peer education program to help reduce HIV/AIDS among young people.
The program targeted the risky behaviors associated with HIV/AIDS and empowered and inspired youth to become agents of change. The change agents encouraged other youth in their communities to stop their risky behaviors. Peer educators were selected and trained to run a life-skills program in their churches and communities, covering such issues as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, the media and abuse of drugs and alcohol.
The project, expected to reach 4,180 people, gave 5,033 people information on HIV/AIDS through the training of 120 peer educators. It exceeded one benchmark and achieved in two benchmarks, earning an overall rating of “Exceeded.”
Read Full Impact Assessment
For more than 10 years, Fikelela has been providing an active Christian response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the Anglican Church in Cape Town. Its programs have strengthened the faith of young people, while also devel- oping their leadership potential.