HIV Prevention & Testing
This programme aims to empower young people with the knowledge and life-skills to remain HIV free, to access treatment and to break down stigma surrounding the disease.
The programme is structured around the K4L Curriculum, a health education and life-skills course for young people aged 12-18. Delivered by volunteer role models such as school teachers, sports coaches and peer educators, the Curriculum includes a range of fun and interactive sports and classroom-based activities that carry important messages. The course aims to:
- Educate youth about how to avoid HIV infection, including transmissions, prevention, risk awareness and peer pressure.
- Diminish stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV including counselling and testing, gender equality and support of people living with HIV.
- Empower youth with critical life-skills including self-esteem, teamwork, discipline and decision-making.
Other projects include:
Test Your Team
Our award-winning Test Your Team Campaign is a series of one-day football tournaments where health education, HIV testing and counselling is provided on-site. Football is used to educate and motivate individuals for testing in an environment of positive peer pressure that breaks down stigma. Children who are HIV positive are referred to immediate medical follow-up at their local clinic, and are referred to relevant support networks.
Red Card Campaign
The Red Card campaign is a series of interactive drama skits designed to raise awareness of risky behaviours surrounding HIV/AIDS. The skits are performed at local community events and include the distribution of Red Cards that contain information on risky behaviours such as alcohol abuse and multi-partner relationships. When participants find themselves in risky situations in real life, they can show the red card.
Our Information & Communications Technology Campaign is a nationwide awareness campaign which uses mobile texting to raise awareness about HIV and to increase access to HIV treatment. The campaign has so far generated more then 250,000 responses.
Kick4Life has men's and women's teams made up of former participants, staff members, volunteer coaches and local role models. The teams play an important part in helping to promote the organization and our messages about HIV. The men's team currently plays in the second teir of the national league structure in Lesotho.