HIV Awareness

HIV Awareness
As a part of the leadership program, the “Abstinence, be Faithful” project prepares the youth on topics about relationships and risky behavior that may lead to pregnancy and STDs such as HIV/AIDS. Once these young ones are trained, they go to different communities to provide their peers with information and education on HIV awareness. During the extension of this program, over 90 trained youth from Mashiah’s Leadership Program have been able to reach 1480 people –through peer-to-peer education- in 10 local governments within 3 Senatorial states. Among these states, youth from the leadership program have worked with communities in Langtang North, Pankshin, Jos South, Jos North and some communities in Nassarawa and Ondo States.

In addition and as part of Mashiah’s efforts against HIV/AIDS, Pastor Bayo Oyebade developed the “AIDS Bee” as a contextualized version of African AIDS awareness. This came about when he discovered that Western materials were not having a significant impact on Nigerian audiences as many people have difficulty comprehending the full meaning of HIV/AIDS. The “AIDS Bee” is a symbol using a bee, scorpion, and snake to convey the seriousness of AIDS. African audiences fully understand that if one is attacked by any of these three animals, death will result.

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