Families Growing Positively
Project Launch: 2/7/17
In Nicaragua, there are 10,000 HIV-positive citizens who face stigma, discrimination, and social exclusion, leaving this subpopulation largely neglected. Further, over 3000 Nicaraguan children are orphans as a result of losing their parents to HIV/AIDS. This threat of the disease and the social silence surrounding its spread puts untold lives at risk. This project proposes a four day sleepaway camp for 25 families affected by HIV/AIDS. At the camp, participants will receive HIV/AIDS education, including discussions of safe sex, self-care training, and further training in resiliency and overcoming stigma.
Project Update: 8/9/17
Counselors welcomed 24 Nicaraguans to FGP camp in El Tisey, Esteli. Our host country attendees traveled in from various parts of Nicaragua, respectively: Managua, Masaya, Nueva Segovia, Leon and Chinandega. Since the end of camp, PC counselors and elected host NGO counterparts have already begun meeting with these youth leaders in a professional atmosphere. Youth attended a meeting in Managua at the office of a local counterpart organization for hands-on training on how to give HIV/AIDS-related presentations to community members. Youth leaders also tabled at the local Day of Solidarity with People Living with HIV/AIDS event. There, they recreated the condom demonstrations previously given to them and carried out a variety of presentations relating to HIV and health.
“Out of the 14 youth who attended the camp, 8 have volunteered to become youth leaders in their community. Since camp, they have already begun implementing outreach activities in their sites, with the confidence usually seen in trained health providers who do this for a living. It's incredible to see how much these youth have grown and maneuver around this mature topic, despite the stigma and decriminalization that still affects the HIV/AIDS community in Nicaragua today. ”
– Stefanie, Peace Corps Volunteer
“The camp was a valuable experience that permitted parents and mentors to obtain communication skills in order to better understand HIV-positive adolescents that are already at a difficult age. The camp also revealed that teenagers were familiar with far more sexual concepts and understandings than for which their parents gave them credit. This space allowed everyoen to speak candidly about these issues with confidence.”
– Maria Teresa, Project Leader
“I am most interested in acquiring new understandings and sharing them with other people in my society. I learned a little of many different themes that were taught at camp and this new knowledge was extremely useful. My own workshops have been successful as most of the young people who have participated have demonstrated continued understanding of the themes. ”
– Maria Jose, Project Participant
“I liked working with a group of young people to facilitate workshops and activities at the health fair where we shared information about HIV with people older than us. I related well with the group and we learned how to best present information to our colleagues.”
– Denzel, Project Participant
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