HIV/AIDS affects 40 million people worldwide. According to some predictions, 30-50 million Africans could die from AIDS over the next 10 years, a great many of these in South Africa, unless something is done.
In South Africa, half of all new HIV-AIDS infection is amongst teenagers. And in rural areas, it is not surprising to hear of 7-8 year old girls already involved in sexual relationships with 14-15 year old boys, in exchange for a can of Coke or a hamburger!
As a part of the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country, staff of “Namenyi Project Hope" holds AIDS awareness seminars for the students of many rural area schools around Durban.
Through different presentations and educational activities geared to the audience, these young people are able to grasp the importance of abstinence and the reasons behind it. When the students enjoy the casual presentations and activities, they are then very receptive to the serious message presented.
The principals of these schools are quick to express their sincere gratitude to us for educating their pupils about the dangers of this deadly virus, and enlightening them on how to prevent it.