|Addressing the alarming growth rate of HIV/AIDS among young people in the United States, Marion Bunch and The Rotary Club of Dunwoody launched an AIDS education program in the fall of 1998. Today, this school assembly program, designed to share basic information on HIV/AIDS, has gained momentum and is a key component of disease prevention among youth throughout District 6900. AID Atlanta, a care and support organization, serves as Rotary’s critical, strategic partner by providing AIDS speakers for assemblies in Georgia schools on a statewide basis.
This unique program introduces speakers, who currently have the HIV virus, to youth in middle and high schools. These meeting occur through Rotary sponsored assemblies. The primary purpose of every assembly is to challenge the teens’ attitude of “invincibility” to this disease and to teach them HIV facts. Teenagers learn, from their peers, how easily the HIV virus may be contracted and what an incredible change it will bring to their lives. The program is based upon abstinence and does not promote “safe sex”.
Since the education program began, 52 Rotary Clubs in USA District 6900 sponsor this powerful, realistic learning experience for 450,900 students in 160 schools. Youth leaders in RYLA and Interact Clubs assist local Rotary Club communication efforts by creating “buzz” for the school meetings. Rotarians (with the help of AID Atlanta) developed a package of materials for school administrators which clearly states Rotary’s commitment to youth and international health efforts.
Under the AIDS Education/Prevention Banner, Rotary Clubs clearly demonstrate the progressive nature of Rotary. This program effectively utilizes the powerful credibility of Rotary and adds significance to the pandemic disease.
Sponsorship of in-school educational experiences, gives Rotary increased visibility in the community and the local press. Best of all, Rotary’s visibility is linked to important and sincere efforts to improve the lives of our youth. Promoting health in young people promotes Rotary at its finest.
|The Africa Network for Children Orphaned and at Risk (“ANCHOR”) is a multi-sectoral partnership that was formed by RFHA to provide a program of care and support for 118,000 Orphans and Vulnerable Children in six countries in Africa during 2005 to 2010. The countries are South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Cote d’Ivoire.|
The partner organizations are:
See the below table for breakout of the results.
Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD) is the signature program of Rotarians for Family Health & Aids Prevention, Inc. (RFHA),
who initiate, coordinate and manage this program with the other partner organizations. Click here to learn more.