The HIV/AIDS Working Group brings together interested volunteers to help plan and assist other volunteers throughout Ukraine working in every project sector to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in their communities. The working group assists volunteers to educate their community on HIV and AIDS by collecting, creating, planning and distributing resources, activity ideas, event information and NGO contacts working on HIV/AIDS awareness throughout Ukraine.
Goal: To increase effectiveness of delivering HIV/AIDS related material to Peace Corps Volunteers around Ukraine.
Goal: To encourage Peace Corps Volunteers to initiate HIV/AIDS related projects in their community.
Goal: To establish a more inclusive and effective HIV/AIDS community within both the Peace Corps community and Ukrainian Community.
HIV/AIDS Awareness Poster Contest:
The annual poster contest presents an opportunity to address and raise awareness of HIV/AIDS throughout Ukraine. The poster contest theme is determined by HIV/AIDS members each fall and distributed in November/December of each year. Working group members and Peace Corps staff judge the posters and announce the winner(s) in March. The Council accepts submissions in the following two age categories: 11-15; 16-20. Please see Appendix E of this handbook for submission information for the 2013 Poster contest.
VK.com HIV/AIDS Awareness Contest:
This annual online contest allows PCV’s and their communities to get involved with HIV/AIDS Awareness by using VK.com, a popular social networking site in Ukraine. The goal is to spread HIV/AIDS awareness by getting as many people to “join” a PCV page on VK (specifically created for the contest) filled with important information about HIV/AIDS Prevention. The winning page produces the most entries. The winner is announced at the end of December.
The HIV/AIDS Working Group plans and executes two camps every summer. Camp HEAL (Human Trafficking, Education, AIDS/HIV, Leadership) addresses the issues above amongst Ukrainian youth, and Camp OHALOW (Overcoming HIV/AIDS and Leading Our World) focuses on stigma and working with HIV positive children.
HEAL Day Camps:
The HEAL Subcommittee has created a manual that details how to implement a HEAL day camp (HEAL Today) at a Volunteer’s individual site. It was created so as to provide a way for youth across Ukraine to experience the lessons given at the annual HEAL summer camps.
OHALOW Day Camps:
The OHALOW Subcommittee has worked to develop a program during the summer camp to train and empower Ukrainian social workers to work with local volunteers and hold day camps to support and serve children living with HIV in the area.
HIV/AIDS Working Group Website:
The Resources Subcommittee has created, and is continuously updating, the working group website, which showcases each of the sub-committees and projects, compiles our resources and can be shared with professional partner organizations as well as fellow PCV’s. They are in the processes of creating a new website.
World AIDS Day Manual:
The Projects Subcommittee has created and updates annually, a manual for Peace Corps Volunteers which provides various HIV/AIDS lessons, and project ideas for World AIDS Day as well as information on how to enter our annual contests.
The Working Group continually works to compile informational and educational resources for Volunteers to use at site, in an organization or the classroom. HIV/AIDS resources are made available on the resource CDs distributed at Swearing-in, on SharePoint, and here: HIV-AIDS section
The group meets 3-4 a times year, but works throughout the year on various projects. We are constantly looking for new ideas to help volunteers and Ukrainians talk about the seriousness of the HIV/AIDS problem in Ukraine, and are looking for dedicated, interested and creative people to join the group!
The HIV/AIDS working group welcomes all PCVs that are interested in making a difference in Ukraine concerning HIV/AIDS! Our meetings are open to all PCVs; however, for accountability purposes, we do have an application process for full members. The working group will send out an application about two times a year. The application will be administered through the Friday Digest.
HEAL subcommittee members are responsible for planning the Working Group’s annual HEAL (Human trafficking, Education, AIDS/HIV, Leadership) summer camp. Members of the HEAL Subcommittee look for locations, write grants, create lesson plans and activities, recruit students, and serve as camp counselors. Most recently the HEAL Subcommittee has created a manual that allows PCVs to bring the HEAL camps to their own sites in the form of day camps (HEAL Today).
OHALOW subcommittee members are responsible for planning the Working Group’s annual OHALOW (Overcoming HIV/AIDS and Leading Our World) Summer Camp. Members of the OHALOW Subcommittee look for locations, write grants, create lesson plans and activities, organize campers and serve as camp counselors.
Project Subcommittee members are responsible for planning and developing HIV/AIDS themed projects which are accessible to all PCV’s throughout Ukraine, and are intended to be implemented on a national scale, as well as providing support to PCV’s participating in such projects.
We provide educational materials and support to PCVs seeking to involve their community in a discussion of HIV/AIDS. The current focus is to educate Ukrainians about HIV/AIDS prevention, to bring awareness to local support networks, and to train participants (particularly youth) to be advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in their communities.
Visit the HIV-AIDS section of the Materials Database to browse and download lesson plans, manuals, articles, and many more useful resources on HIV/AIDS prevention and education.