It is estimated that 33.3 million people worldwide have HIV - more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. With World AIDS Day next month, African Impact are taking the opportunity to raise awareness and unite in the fight against HIV. On our Orphan Day Care & HIV/AIDS Education Project in St Lucia, the volunteers have organised some activities the promote the day. St Lucia Volunteer Coordinator Alanna tells us what the team have planned… World AIDS Day is our opportunity to learn about HIV/AIDS and put our knowledge into action. At our projects here in St Lucia, we’re aiming to both educate and empower the communities we work in through a number of activities over the 1st and 2nd of December. Our events on National Women’s Day in August were such a success that we have decided to repeat our football and netball matches on December 1st. This will bring two of the local, government-sponsored teams together for a friendly match with our volunteers. We will also be encouraging the rest of the community to come cheer the teams on and participate in raising awareness. Geared towards adults, we will break up the games for condom demonstrations, lessons about how HIV is transmitted, and to encourage positive living. One aspect of the day we are really excited about is getting the football-playing men out to learn, as our HIV education classes are attended primarily by women. To encourage positive living and awareness for World AIDS Day and African Impact, we have decided to walk to Khula before the sporting matches, which we hope will garner some support for the cause from the locals in St Lucia. On December 2nd we plan on aiding Danielle Piccinini, Khula’s Peace Corps volunteer, with her World AIDS Day event. She has invited us to play educational games with the children, for which the current volunteers are excitedly planning. Our attempts to teach those we work with about HIV/AIDS really come to a head on December 1st, and we’re excited to use our experience with raising awareness to capitalize on such an important day. We’ve learned that making advocacy fun is the best way to operate – and that’s the mantra we’ll put into practice during these events. Stay tuned to read all about how the day went! If you are interested in working with AIDS orphans and educating people about HIV/AIDS, you can find out more information about our Orphan Day Care & HIV/AIDS Education Project in St Lucia by clicking HERE.