ACTIVITES

1. HIV/AIDS

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MYDF provides HIV/AIDS Education to both in-school and out of School youths.

Aim

To raise awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention in communities affected by this killer disease.

Objectives

  • To provide community members with information about HIV/AIDS
  • To offer voluntary HIV/AIDS testing to community members
  • To empower affected people with tools to improve their wellbeing
  • To improve access of infected people to health care institutions

ACTIVITIES

  • HIV/AIDS education and referral for Voluntary Counselling and testing
  • Sex Education
  • Reproductive Health Education
  • STIs Education and referral for testing
  • Distribution of Condoms
  • Avocation for Male circumcision as a preventative method

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

  • Increased knowledge about HIV/AIDS prevention among youths and community members
  • Reduced number of positive HIV/AIDS cases among youths and community members
  • Reduced positive cases of STIs among youths

Topics discussed during the sensitizations

1. Basic HIV Information

2. ABC as a strategy of HIV prevention

3. Male Circumcision as a prevention

4. Importance of HIV Counselling and Testing HCT

5. IEC distribution

A number of sensitization on HIV prevention where conducted to both in school and out of school youths and a total of 8,884 were reached with the sensitizations.

 

2. Weekly Meetings

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MYDF conducts weekly meetings with youths and in these meeting; youths are given topics to make a presentation to a group. Debates, role play, songs and other important topic are discussed during these meetings. These meetings are helpful because youths are given time to share before the actual field visits.

 

3. Drama & Theater Education

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Drama is a very engaging and effective communication model because it combines education with entertainment.

We organize young people – both in and out of school – into groups and involve them in edutainment.

MYDF has excellent drama actors who acts and showcase live performances in the communities.

Most of our drama plays are based on HIV/AIDS, human rights, child abuse, child protection and other social issues affecting our community.

4. Training

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We train Peer Educators and drama group coordinators

5. World AIDS Day event

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MYDF took part in 2013 WAD commemoration and the organization organized activities such as drama and songs for the event.

 

 FUTURE PLANNED PROJECT

  1. YOUTH MEDIA ADVOCACY FORUM

The media advocacy affords the youth and the public the opportunity to make their contribution to the development of the society. It engages various guest; youth, parent, teachers, community leaders, etc in various discussion on topic such as health, youth development, leadership, Human Rights, HIV/AID, Corruption

 

  1. HIV/AIDS AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

 

Civic Education

MYDF will conduct civic education and community sensitization through Theatre for development (TFD), and interpersonal communication (IPC) on issues of HIV and AIDS  prevention and sexual reproductive health issues such as peer counseling, family planning. The organization will also facilitate formation of PLWAs support groups for youth in districts.

 

 Advocacy

MYDF will coordinate youth associations for marginalized groups including establishing and empowerment of associations of young people living with HIV and AIDS. MYDF will also lobby government and other stakeholders in health programs on the special needs for youth in the areas of sexual reproductive health and HIV and AIDS either on prevention, care and support as well as impact mitigation. MYDF shall also sits in the national advocacy forums on HIV and AIDS programs.

MYDF shall also Strengthening Community Engagement for Prevention of HIV/AIDS among Vulnerable Population Groups of Youths

 

  1. Youth Empowerment Initiative

MYDF has an integral role to play in youth development and services. The organization intends to do this through;

Capacity Building

MYDF will conduct capacity building to the youth in development programmes and policies. The organization will do this through leadership trainings, mentorships, entrepreneurship trainings, and exchange programmes, internships and attachment to enhance their capacity for them to effectively embark on programmes that can uplift the lives of young people in the rural and urban areas.

 Advocacy

MYDF will also speak on behalf of the youth in Kasempa on issues of human rights, governance and other social economic development. The organization will join forces with other partners and stakeholder in youth development issues. The Ministry of Youth (MOY) and other local and international NGOs to advocate for policies and issues concerning youth at national level. The organization will also creates a plat form where the youth can voice out their concerns through forums, workshops, debates  arts (theatre, traditional dances, music) and other forms of media including newsletters with engagement of duty bearers.

 

  1. RISE UP AND ACT NOW CAMPAIGN

RISE UP AND ACT NOW is the main civic education project which MYDF intends to start 2014. It will empower young people in Kasempa District to take action on human rights, HIV/AIDS and gender inequality at both the personal and societal level. Zambia remains one of the world’s poorest countries, but despite the return of multi-party politics in 1991 most young people are disengaged from political routes to solve their problems. Some commentators blame apathy, but MYDF believes that by giving this group the knowledge and skills to effect change, they will be empowered to improve their own lives. The aim of this project is to foster a culture of participation in political life within the young people targeted. To meet this aim young people will be given training in how to set up a MYDF club and take action on the most important issues affecting them. There will be workshops in schools on human rights and the importance of participation, setting up a MYDF club, HIV/AIDS, and gender. These young people will be brought together for a conference to share skills for effective action on these issues. The skills learnt will then be put into practice with a mass lobby to the government of Zambia on one of the key issues. By the end of the project MYDF aim to have young people regularly taking action in MYDF clubs to improve their lives and communities.

 

Why is this project needed?

    Youth participation – People aged under 25 make up more than half of the population of Kasempa,  and if effective democratic governance is to be achieved in Zambia, the participation of this group is imperative. However many young people are unaware of their rights and how to participate effectively in the democratic process. Their participation in political life will hold the government accountable for tackling problems such as the 50% unemployment rate.

 

  1. IEC Material designing, producing and distributing

The project will give chance to youths to come up with articles to include in the leaflets and flier to be produced. Youths shall be engage in competitions of article writing and the winner’s article will be included in the leaflets. These materials shall tackle the following issues; HIV/AIDS Prevention strategies, Human Right advocacy, drug abuse, corruption

  1.  ICT and resource  Centre project

MYDF intends to come up with a full equipped ICT Centre where youths will be able to learn Computer skill in order for them to compete with other youths in the country. Kasempa district lacks ICT and resource Centres to provide skills and information to youths. This centre shall contain computers with full internet services, IEC material, Audio and  Video recorders and other not mentioned equipment to be used by youths.

7. Orphans and Vulnerable Children Support – Fund

Orphan hood and vulnerability among children are conditions that have always been present in Africa and Zambia in particular since time immemorial. However, with the advent of the HIV and AIDS pandemic the situation has deepened to create what is literally a crisis. Given that Sub-Saharan Africa has for a long time been the epicentre of the HIV and AIDS epidemic and more recently accounting for more than two thirds (68%) of all people HIV-positive and where more than three quarters (76%) of all AIDS deaths in 2007 occurred, nowhere is this crisis deeper than in this region. Currently, there are around 143 million orphans worldwide as a result of all causes; 12 percent of all children in Sub-Saharan Africa are orphans one quarter of them lost a parent to HIV and AIDS; by 2010, the number of children orphaned by HIV and AIDS globally is projected to exceed 20 million, with 80% in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to UNICEF/UNAIDS, as at the end of 2005 Sub-Saharan Africa was home to 48 million orphans, 12 million of them orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic. In Zambia, the orphan situation is dire. The country has an HIV prevalence of 14.3% among the 15–49 year olds and total orphan population of orphans slightly over 1.2 million. Of these, 710,000 (or 57 percent) are orphaned by AIDS. This places the country among the top 10 countries in Africa in terms of AIDS as a causation of orphan hood.

The impacts of orphanhood and vulnerability for children are diverse and deep with far reaching psycho-social, economic, spiritual and mental consequences. According to UNICEF and UNAIDS, children may experience anxiety and depression, lose out on their education, and, as they grow, may be at greater risk of HIV and other infections, as well as exploitation. Even before parents finally succumb to AIDS, children begin to experience the adverse impacts of the epidemic. They may live with parent(s) who are chronically ill and take on care giving responsibilities, their families will be more prone to getting deeper into poverty especially were the sick is the breadwinner, they may be forced to withdraw from school due to financial pressures, etc. The resulting outcomes of this may be deprivation, neglect, impoverishment, psychological trauma, emotional suffering, malnutrition, exploitation, increased responsibility associated with parents’ illness and stigma and discrimination associated with HIV. Combined, these impacts have the potential of negatively impacting on a child’s development and may deplete its self-esteem, hopes and aspirations. The result will be a socially dysfunctional generation of youths who are psychologically dwarfed, with little or no education at all hence a chronic incapacity for self-development. Given the magnitude of the problem, the resultant picture will be one of increased dependency levels, low incomes and stagnation into poverty of a large scale. There is therefore an intricate relationship between orphanhood and child vulnerability and poverty. Available evidence also pin points that OVC may not just be affected by HIV and AIDS but, if left to themselves, they are also likely to become infected with HIV. This is because without any sort of care OVC may be sexually exploited or may engage in risky sexual behaviour and this is particularly so for girls. It is this scenario that we intend to start supporting OVC because the OVC support component shall strive to avert. In principle, MYDF seeks to compliment efforts of the Zambian government and non-state actors in arresting the OVC situation in Zambia.

It this support shall also be extended to handcraft trainings for vulnerable youth, with a focus on young sex workers and youths living with HIV.  To learn more about how you can help change a life by supporting the fund, please contact the Fund Manager, at youth.mukinge@gmail.com.

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