FoG’s health intervention: Experts respond to beneficiaries’ questions


Community gather during one of the FoG's recent meetings in Kamdini.

Kamdini – Friends of Goodwill [FoG] – a not-for-profit organisation with its headquarters in Apac district has had yet another informative activities last week.

The events that saw community trained using peer-to-peer approach on HIV/AIDS awareness to ending domestic violence, also saw beneficiaries given a platform to ask questions on issues affecting their lives.

Speaking to TND News, Mr Jasper Adoko, FoG’s Project Manager said just like the previous activities, all the two youth mobilisations were conducted at Lango centre, Zambia parish and Apala B, Juma parish all in Kamdini sub-county.

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“The trained peer educators used peer-to-peer approach of HIV/AIDS awareness creation. This was coupled by cross cutting issues that pose their lives at risk of getting the virus. Domestic violence, sexual and gender based violence, commercial sex working, dropping out of schools and ending up working in restaurants that pays them meagre amounts not exceeding shillings 3000 not enough to carter for their basic needs,” Mr Adoko added.

The HIV/AIDS sensitisation was done at Atura Township by a team of Community Development Officer [CDO] of Aber sub-county, Mrs Joan and Health Educator, Mr Acar Fidelity.

Youths pose with condoms they were given and trained how to effectively use it.

The pair, according to FoG’s Project Manager, reached the community with preventive measures and positive living skills where the community were given avenues to ask relevant questions and they were carefully answered to their satisfaction and accordingly.

“After which, condoms were distributed to the sexually active as preventive mechanism and also family planning,” he says.

With majority of youth, especially girls dropping out of school and getting employed in restaurants, Friends of Goodwill officer says the shillings 3000 they are paid is “not enough to carter for their welfare.”

These girls, he reveals “end up in commercial sex work to supplement their earning”.

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