THP-Uganda Celebrates World AIDS Day

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On December 1, 2009, The Hunger Project (THP)-Uganda commemorated World AIDS Day at the Kiboga District's main playground. Over 500 people participated in the event, and the Kiboga Resident District Commissioner was the guest of honor. THP was joined by other organizations, including World Vision, Infectious Disease Institute, One World Foundation, AMREF, Child Fund International, The AIDS Support Organization, and Kiboga NGO Forum.

Activities included a bicycle race, performances by a marching band and drama group, exhibitions, remarks by district leaders and NGO representatives, testimonies by People Living with AIDS, and the distribution of awards kits and certificates to community volunteers and resource persons.

THP staff and partners marched from Kiboga Town to the playground carrying a THP banner. Over 200 people visited THP's exhibit on its Rural Bank and strategies for the economic empowerment of women and men to end their own hunger. There was much interest in joining the bank, and by the end of the day, a total of UgSh 1,130,000 (US$594) - in savings deposits had been made by current bank members participating in the event.

The "Aniyali Amanyi" drama group from the epicenter performed two songs about THP's HIV/AIDS and gender inequality strategy. Trainers also exhibited various materials about THP's methodology and emonstrated proper condom use as a menas of prevention. The Microfinance Program Officer gave a speech on behalf of THP, in which she highlighted our interventions, achievements and challenges.

The Guest of Honor, the Resident District Commissioner, commended THP-Uganda for the good work done in the district empowering women economically, creating animators and leaders in the community, and, above all, mobilizing grassroots partners to start their own government-recognized Rural Bank, managed by women.

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