The HIV Project
A survey conducted by the Association showed that 10% – 12% of youth between the ages 10 –18 years engage in sexual activity. Due to the lack of basic knowledge they are unable to protect themselves from disease and pregnancy. To combat this reality the Association launched several projects under the theme HIV/AIDS, in keeping with the WAGGGS tagline : "Girls worldwide say … let's join hands to prevent HIV/AIDS and develop the life skills of young people."
Twenty five training sessions were held in the south and east regions of the country, aimed at equipping teachers to overcome their awkwardness in dealing with adolescent health. Through interactive plays, group-work and student participation, the initial stigma was overcome, allowing teachers to boldly educate their pupils using newly learned techniques which made it easier for the students to absorb the information.
Poster, play and model competitions were also organised to encourage the youth to carry out research and share their knowledge on HIV/AIDS.
The Sri Lanka Passport Office provided an opportunity for the Association to reach out to the general public. A programme which included displaying educational posters and airing informative videos was begun last year.
Further, project coordinators organised training sessions and workshops for Senior Guides. Thus Senior Guides were trained to conduct evaluations and surveys, and speak to people waiting at the Passport Office. A wide strata of people was reached through this programme, thereby changing the perception of people with regard to HIV/AIDS, and emphasising the importance and success of such projects.