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“If you love yourself, if you take your medicine in the way that is required, you feel like others. You will not have Aids, but only the virus. If you feel like nobody and don’t take a pills properly, you will have not only a virus but an illness.”C.

Habari,

today we want to introduce the project S.D.R.E.M.C. which has been developed in a children home “Alice Village”. The goal of this project is to increase knowledge and consciousness about HIV/AIDS. We want protect people who are not affected by the virus and also avoid discrimination of HIV positive people.

The most important reason of the birth of this project is that in Kenya, and also in many other parts of the world there is still a kind of ignorance about this illness. Kenya is one of the countries with the highest HIV positive people rate. In 2012 the national prevalence of HIV in Kenya was 6.3% 15–64 years old people. 2/3 of Kenyans aged 15-64 years have NEVER been tested and 50% of people living with HIV doesn’t know their HIV status.

We think that is very important  to help others in protective themselves, in having a positive living and in being more aware of their status. We want support and inform not only HIV positive people, but also community that  is not affected by HIV. Indeed, AIDS is only an illness.

This project was born during a five children self-help group meeting, in Alice Village. They talked with me, Marta, and together we decided to cooperate and to create a group and a project with a common goal: to sensitize people about AIDS. In the meantime, I, Matilde, arrived at the Village and they decided to involve me in their work. We began to think about some activities to do in their compound. The three biggest initiatives that the group have been done, are:

  • We gave a lesson in a local hospital (Donholm) on HIV/AIDS to HIV positive adolescents;
  • We made brochures about AIDS, in English and Kiswahili;
  • We went around Utawala to speak with people about HIV and to distribute our brochures.

S.D.R.E.M.C. group photo (Matilde is missing)The group is composed by:

  • Stephen: he is a 13 years old boy. He is the youngest of the group. He is very kind and loving. He loves  playing and having fun with his friends.
  • Dennis: he is 14 years old but it seems to be more mature than his age. He really cares about others and their feelings. Every day he concentrates his energies helping others, and keeping united members of group.
  • Rodgers: he is 13 years old. It has a lot of energy and he never has a rest. He is always running around the village, laughing with his friends. Despite this, he is very shy and it takes quite long to be close to him.
  • Ernest: he is 17 years old, he is the oldest among the children. He is very determined in what he does and in what he wants to become. He always does something for the group, putting so much effort in his actions.
  • Marta: she is 24 years old and she graduated in Psychology, at Università degli Studi di Pavia, this year. She is good in getting in touch,  listening to children and she manages to keep the group focused on this project. She helps and supports the members, using the abilities she acquired at University.
  • Matilde: she is 20 years old and she is studying International Relations. She helps the members to organize and coordinate the activities. She strengthens the ideas and always try to understand all the dynamics.
  • Cynthia: she is 13 years old and she is very responsible. She always listens to all the members and keep them focused in any moment. She is creative and she always has different ideas to deal with the different topics. She is very kind and sensitive.

We, Marta and Matilde, continue to coordinate the group also in Italy and we are maintaining a relationship with the members to let the project grow and develop. It is possible thanks not only to members’ determination, but also to Community Health Worker, Joyce. She helps the children in following the progresses of the group and acts as intermediate between the children and Erika, who represents Twins International at the Village.

Currently the first goal of the group is to increase the knowledge of HIV/AIDS. Moreover, we aim at spreading consciousness about HIV/AIDS not only in Kenya, but also in  other countries.

Our motto is: “We can do it! Fight illness not people”. We strongly believe in this project. 

Marta and Matilde

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\u201cIf you love yourself, if you take your medicine in the way that is required, you feel like others. You will not have Aids, but only the virus. <\/i>If you feel like nobody and don\u2019t take a pills properly, you will have not only a virus but an illness.\u201d<\/i>C.<\/i><\/p>\n\n

Habari, <\/p>\n\n

today we want to introduce the project S.D.R.E.M.C. which has been developed in a children home \u201cAlice Village\u201d. The goal of this project is to increase knowledge and consciousness about HIV\/AIDS. We want protect people who are not affected by the virus and also avoid discrimination of HIV positive people.<\/span><\/p>\n\n

The most important reason of the birth of this project is that in Kenya, and also in many other parts of the world there is still a kind of ignorance about this illness. Kenya is one of the countries with the highest HIV positive people rate. In 2012 the national prevalence of HIV in Kenya was 6.3% 15\u201364 years old people. 2\/3 of Kenyans aged 15-64 years have NEVER been tested and 50% of people living with HIV doesn\u2019t know their HIV status. <\/p>\n\n

We think that is very important  to help others in protective themselves, in having a positive living and in being more aware of their status. We want support and inform not only HIV positive people, but also community that  is not affected by HIV. Indeed, AIDS is only an illness. <\/p>\n\n

This project was born during a five children self-help group meeting, in Alice Village. They talked with me, Marta, and together we decided to cooperate and to create a group and a project with a common goal: to sensitize people about AIDS. In the meantime, I, Matilde, arrived at the Village and they decided to involve me in their work. We began to think about some activities to do in their compound. The three biggest initiatives that the group have been done, are:<\/span><\/p>\n\n

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