Wednesday, July 9, 2008

HIV awareness campaign around Delhi.

Hello Friends,

Does HIV spread through mosquito bites or by sharing razors?

The answer is…no! You may think you have all the answers, but check your knowledge by joining us for an interactive street play on HIV/AIDS.

VOLindia Foundation invites you to join our volunteers as they perform an energizing street play on HIV/AIDS all over Delhi. After surveying about 500 Delhi-ites between the ages of 15-24, our young VOLunteers were enraged to find the extent of misinformation that people have about HIV/AIDS. Their next step was clear: to provide accurate information to the public on sex and HIV/AIDS in a fun, interactive, and engaging atmosphere.

All the volunteers performing are members of the VOLindia Foundation, an NGO that mobilizes a core of India’s urban, educated youth to volunteer their time on social projects in partnership with other Delhi NGOs. These volunteers are between the ages of 15-24, the same group that is also at highest risk for HIV/AIDS. (35% of HIV infected people in India are between this age group.)

The street play will be performed at five different locations to ensure the highest impact. There are two performances each day; one in the afternoon and one in the evening. The performance itself will last approximately fifteen minutes followed by a game that will challenge the public to answer basic questions on HIV/AIDS prevention. Our program schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 – Janakpuri District Center at 1:00 PM

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 – Netaji Subash Place at 4:30 PM

Thursday, July 10, 2008 – Lodi Garden at 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 10, 2008 – outside of Dilli Haat at 5:30 PM

Friday, July 11, 2008 – Opposite India Gate at 1:30 PM

With India having the third largest number of HIV infected people in the world; dissemination of accurate information on HIV is an urgent need. Our main objective is to demystify the many myths surrounding the disease and to remove stigma attached to the people suffering from it. If you can attend any of our performances, or would like to support us in any way please contact Rajika Seth at rajika.seth@volindia.org / 9899788330 or Muneer Panjwani at muneer.panjwani@volindia.org / 9711234585.

Thank you.

VOLindia Team

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