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HIV/AIDS Community Educator

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Crossroads Christian Communications, Inc.
Acronyme : CCCI
Type : Organisme non gouvernemental
Mandat : CCCI provides relief and assistance to people affected by disaster, famine, poverty and war, and facilitates sustainable development programs in the countries affected. Since 1982, CCCI an Ontario-based NGO, has partnered with other Canadian and Southern NGOs in more than 40 countries around the world to implement a wide range of developement and relief projects. Assistance provided include: flood and famine relief; agricultural development/food security; shelter and hospital reconstruction; animal husbandry & livestock; micro-credit initiatives; HIV/AIDS education; as well as medical aid and GIK supplies.
Adresse : PO Box 5100, 1295 North Service Road
Burlington, Ontario,
L7R 4M2
FAX: (905) 332-1880
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Personne ressource : David Shelley
Courriel : dshelley@crossroads.ca
Pays : Zambie
Ville : Lusaka
Secteur : Éducation
Description du stage : The Lazarus Project began as a feeding program reaching out to meet the basic needs of the rapidly growing number of street children in the capital of Lusaka. The high prevalence of young boys living on the streets led to the decision to focus on rescuing, rehabilitating and ultimately reintegrating the boys back into society. While at the project, the boys are sheltered for up to six months during which time they are cared for and educated in basic life-skills, while any existing family members are located. Basic education, health care, agricultural training & HIV/AIDS education is part of the Lazarus program.

In Canada
The duration of the internship will be 9.5 months. A total of 6 weeks will be spent at CCCI headquarters in Burlington, Ontario, Canada (4-week pre-departure and 2-week debriefing) and 8 months overseas.

Overseas
While nations in Africa have begun to publicly acknowledge the reality of HIV/AIDS, many of the misconceptions and fallacies surrounding the disease remain prevalent among the average African. CCCI and its international partners are dedicated to educating African youth about the facts of HIV/AIDS, and how to prevent its continued spread throughout the continent. The HIV/AIDS Community Educator intern will be involved in circulating comprehensive educational materials to schools, and partnering with peer educators to involve the youth in interactive dramas, discussions and workshops to promote an informed and responsible generation of Zambians. The intern will also partner with, and provide support and resources to, an already existing network of home-based care volunteers reaching out to patients in a community of over 180,000 people where the prevalence rate for HIV is 23.8%.

The internship will have two components: 1) A project componenet; 2) a community outreach componenet.

The Project: LPZ:
- The intern will actively seek to build on and coordinate a comprehensive HIV/AIDS program for each boy, thereby enhancing life-skills, and ensuring proper education and HIV/AIDS training are combined.
- Collaborate with staff to provide and establish life skills and counseling services on drug abuse prevention, general health and nutrition and the prevention of STD's.
- Provide assistance to the support staff and aid with record keeping and budgeting.
- Collaborate with staff to provide and establish life skills and counseling services on drug abuse prevention, general health and nutrition and the prevention of STI's
- Continue existing and establish new contacts with national and international, government and non-governmental organizations
- Help facilitate a peer HIV/AIDS education program by:
- continuing to mentor the boys selected to be peer educators by last year's intern.
- assisting the current peer leaders to develop a mentor relationship with boys identified as potential leaders and to educate and equip them to continue with the evolution of the program.
- arranging for guest speakers to address specific topics as deemed relevant by the intern or as requested by the peer educators
- Creating a peer education training manual to be left as an education resource at the site and a copy to be returned to Canada for future planning. This manual will be simple and accessible and should include:
- Recommendations and suggestions on how to be an effective peer educator.
- Key HIV/AIDS information, i.e. biology, epidemiology, transmissions, preventions, etc.
- A life skills component ensuring that the boys understand how to make healthy choices for themselves and their peers.
- An outline for each workshop module - teaching exercises, names of participants, topics discussed, location, reflections on each session made by the intern and the participants.

Community Outreach: In Kabwe:
- Provide training and up-to-date information for incoming and current home-based care workers on HIV/AIDS, which is relevent to the needs of the patients and their families.
- Work with peer educators and home-based care workers to promote voluntary counseling and testing in rural areas.
- Contribute to increasing the level of understanding among youth regarding HIV/AIDS through promoting discussions, seminars and debates.
- Mobilize the peer educators and develop their interest in mobilizing the community to become better informed about HIV/AIDS.
- Organize participation in World AIDS Day and plan related outreach activities to be conducted in the community and rural villages.
Organisation d'accueil : The Lazarus Project
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : The Lazarus Street Boys Project provides transitional shelter, counseling, basic education, and reintegration services to street youth. Located on a 40-acre farm, on the outskirts of Lusaka, the project, which was developed from a street feeding program, now provides a comprehensive program to beneficiaries, while developing the agricultural production capacity of the farm.