Posted by: David Omondi
In April we held 2 HIV/AIDS awareness sessions at Mboto Sunrise Primary School in the Kanyawegi location. and Dudi to doho talents reaching 200 girls and boys. During the sessions, learned about HIV/ADS prevention, treatment and care, SGBV, and where to report., We also address some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is crucial to dispel these myths and ensure that young people have accurate information and understanding about HIV/AIDS.
Our initiative targets rural girls and boys in the Lake Victoria region who are at a higher risk of contracting and spreading HIV. Many of them engage in transactional sex for basic needs such as fish, food, lifts to school, menstrual hygiene supplies, and more. By providing them with knowledge and awareness, we hope to empower them to make informed decisions and protect themselves from HIV/AIDS and early pregnancies.
It is not only about preventing the spread of HIV but also about achieving holistic development and equal opportunities for these young individuals. By staying healthy, avoiding early pregnancies, and remaining in school, they have a better chance of reaching their full potential and creating a brighter future for themselves.
Our efforts in community sports, arts, and awareness creation in schools are a crucial part of our mission to #ENDAIDS. Through these sessions, we are working towards transforming education, promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights, and ensuring that all young people have equal access to resources and opportunities.
We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with organizations like the Mercury Phoenix Trust, who share our vision and commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS. Together, we can make a lasting impact and create a world where all individuals have the knowledge, resources, and support they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
Combating Gender inequalities to Reduce HIV/AIDS transmission; A football tournament initiative 1st December 2022 (WORLD AIDS DAY)
Posted by: David Omondi
Gender inequalities continue to manifest in various aspects of society, including healthcare. In many communities, these inequalities are contributing to an increase in new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths among adolescent girls and boys. To address this issue, we organized a football tournament at Oyiengo Primary School, aiming to sensitize the community on HIV prevention, Treatment, and care.
Adolescence is a critical phase in life, and the inequalities faced by girls and boys during this period have far-reaching consequences. In many communities, girls face limited access to education, healthcare, and resources compared to their male counterparts. These disparities contribute to higher rates of new HIV infections among girls, as well as increased vulnerability to gender-based violence and unplanned pregnancies.
In our efforts to combat gender inequalities and reduce HIV transmission, we organized a football tournament at Oyieng primary school for the local girls' and boys' teams. This tournament served as a platform to raise awareness and engage the community in an inclusive dialogue on pressing issues. By blending sports and education, we aimed to deliver crucial messages effectively and foster a positive environment for change.
In parallel to the tournament, we conducted participatory theatre sessions in partnership with Amazon theatrixs to address HIV prevention and its intersection with teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence. Through this interactive medium, we encouraged community members to actively participate and challenge harmful norms and behaviors. By facilitating open discussions surrounding these sensitive topics, we aimed to break down stigmas and establish a supportive network.
The football tournament and participatory theatre proved to be effective in engaging the community and addressing gender inequalities that contribute to HIV transmission. By empowering adolescent girls and boys, promoting education, and fostering a supportive environment, we took significant strides toward reducing new HIV infections, teenage pregnancies, and gender-based violence.
Moving forward, it is imperative that communities continue to prioritize gender equality, access to education, and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services for all adolescents. By collectively challenging gender norms and working towards a more inclusive society, we can create a safer and healthier future for all.
Riley Orton Foundation
Riley Orton Foundation (ROF) provides holistic education and promotes gender equality in STEM education to ensure girls and a community with the agency to realize their full potential