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(Part 2) SKILLZ HOLIDAY CAMP 2016 WAS A HUGE SUCCESS...

SUCCESS STORIES GALORE:

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The non-discriminatory and congenial atmosphere, the connection between our Peer Educators and participants as well as the voluntary HIV Counselling and Testing services allowed for several self-reported disclosures and behavioural changes, leading to referrals and follow-up. Below are some of the interest stories:

1. A 14-year-old girl who had ran off from home, tested positive to HIV. Further follow-up revealed that she had done the test before and was supposed to be on Anti-Retroviral ARVs but ignored them. At the Girls-only camp, she learnt the dangers of her actions and quickly backtracked, leading to a re-union with her hitherto estranged mother who was also discovered to be HIV-positive and on ARVs.

2. A 14-year-old girl tested positive to HIV and further follow-up revealed she shares even the same toothbrush with her siblings. She’s currently receiving help from relevant agencies.

3. A case of attempted rape was disclosed by a 13-year-old victim after a talk session and one-on-one counselling. Her parents were instantly invited to the camp and given tips on how to forestall a recurrence and where to get help, with follow-up plans by all parties.

4. A 14-year-old girl came to spend her holiday in Lagos from Delta State and got the opportunity to participate in the camp. In her words: “I learnt what I was never thought at school, how to use a mosquito net, the importance of a clean environment to avoid malaria, the female Anopheles  mosquito that causes malaria, and had the opportunity to do HIV test for the first time in my life.”

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“I wish I knew what I know now before I got pregnant at the age of 15. My baby’s father denied the pregnancy at first and he just recently accepted the fact that he’s the father. I have been taking care of this baby alone, with help from friends. I left school immediately I got pregnant and since then I have been out of school. I didn’t finish my secondary school education. Before I came to this camp, all I was thinking about was running out of Lagos because of shame but now I know this is not the end of life.” --- Participant at Ikorodu Camp

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“I learnt about HIV and the four body fluids that spread it which are blood, semen, vaginal fluid and breast milk. I also learnt what ARVs do and what happens when a HIV positive person stops taking them, that it grows to AIDS and ARV cannot solve that anymore. They taught us four habits to avoid in order to prevent ourselves and other s from HIV which are unprotected sex, having multiple partners, having older partners, and sex and alcohol. I also learnt not to do self-medication if I have a fever but to do test first.” --- Participant at Ipaja Camp

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YOU MADE THIS POSSIBLE!

This wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of our principal funders – ExxonMobil, MACAIDS Fund and African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF); well-meaning organisations, Ministries and agencies of Government, good-spirited individuals, and our team of dedicated Volunteers  who have become our partners-in-progress. In four weeks, a total of 5424 young people were empowered with skills to live healthier, take healthy decisions, avoid risky behaviours, contribute meaningfully to nation-building, and become change agents in their communities. We are grateful for your donation and support; together, we are shaping the future of young Nigerians, one child at a time.


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Established in 2011, Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) is a Nigerian NGO committed to introducing effective, innovative, and most times, tried-and-tested development approaches that are ready for adaptation in the Nigerian setting. Headquartered in Lagos, represented in Nigeria’s Capital City - Abuja and with operations in 2 additional States (Akwa Ibom and Ogun), YEDI focuses on educating, empowering and inspiring the development of individuals and communities especially children and youth.

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