When the first individuals suffering from AIDS were discovered in the United States in 1981, there was no such thing as World AIDS Day. These individuals suffered in a silence that engulfed the topic of HIV/AIDS for years, particularly in America but also throughout the world. That is, until the first World AIDS Day was held on the 12th of January 1988. For many of African Impact'sproject teams and volunteers, the 1st of December is likely the most important date on the calendar. It’s a line underneath all of the work our volunteers and staff have done throughout the year with AIDS orphans, to promote HIV awareness, to improve education and to facilitate support groups in the communities in which we work – to name just a few initiatives.
“To be able to celebrate with the rest of the world gives us a real high…”
Our projects from Kenya to Cape Town have embarked upon a number of different initiatives to mark World AIDS Day this year. Taking on the slogan ‘AIDS is going to lose’, they are recording videos, keeping photo diaries, holding events that host hundreds of individuals and even running workshops for volunteers to learn more and share knowledge. This particular day holds such importance that our teams have spent weeks planning the ways in which they will mark the occasion. On December 1