November 2014 Zimbabwe

The team was joined in Harare, Zimbabwe by David Furnish, chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. After our Zimbabwe hearing mission, we visited a project we helped fund with AfricAid, an organization that supports girls’ education to provide young women with the opportunity to transform their own lives and their communities.

The project is a peer-to-peer mentoring program for young people living with HIV/AIDS — similar to Big Brother/Big Sister-type programs here in the United States. It’s created and led by young leaders, and they teach other young people about living with the disease. The program emphasizes training on the importance of ARVs — how and why to take them — and the importance of stopping the spread of the disease.

Like with our Student Ambassador program, young people seem much more willing to learn from their peers, rather than adults. The program is seeing much success, including a reduction in young mothers spreading HIV/AIDS onto their children.

Of course there are people with hearing loss wherever we go, so while visiting the project we also provided the gift of hearing.

Special Thanks

Elton John AIDS Foundation: David Furnish

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