Development Aid from People to People has started a new HOPE Project in Shangombo District in the Western Province of Zambia with support from the Zambian under the Child Welfare Fund. Shangombo District is very much in need of support being very remote and hard to reach, with little support from civic society and with an HIV prevalence of 9%.
HOPE Shangombo will train and mobilise volunteers as activists to fight the spread of HIV and to support those infected and affected by the HIV virus. Activities will include the formation and training of 20 support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS and mobilising members as positive living advocates. The project will further build capacity in the estimated 400 support groups members to improve their income and health through establishment and running of saving groups, improved gardening, cooking demonstration, training to reduce common diseases etc.
The project will work with 20 in and out of school youth clubs training of peer educators and providing at least 300 club members with life skill training.
The project will further promote counselling and testing, male circumcision and PMTCT and will establish links to these preventive health services and will establish condom outlets and man these outlets with trained peer educators. The support group members and the youth clubs will be in the forefront of these activities using theatre plays as well as one to one interaction.