On September 12th, AHF Jamaica and Eve For Life—a nonprofit organization working with young women who are HIV positive and/or the victims of sexual violence—spent the day with 15 girls (ages 7 to 13) at Jewel Runaway Bay in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. The group painted flags, participated in discussions, and enjoyed the water park and surrounding beach.
On October 9th and 10th, AHF-Uganda Cares—with the Uganda Ministry of Health—was honored to interact with teams of young girls in Kalungu and Kampala districts, to commemorate the day. Young girls, 6 – 12 years of age, came together to identify allies, share, learn, and have fun. In total, they interacted with 52 young girls and collaborated with 3 grassroots groups: a Home Based Care Group, a Commercial Sex Workers’ Group, and a Truck Drivers’ Group.
On September 15th, AHF staff and partners Total Child Care Initiative and Mothers Welfare Group—nonprofit organizations that aim to nurture and motivate orphans and vulnerable children—spent a day at the AHF Nigeria country office with 20 girls, ages 5 – 13. Participating girls painted a large flag, discussed their daily struggles, and engaged in a friendly game of tug-o-war.
On September 30th and October 3rd, 72 girls expressed themselves through art, song, fashion, and dance at events held in Nairobi and Mombasa, by AHF Kenya and its partners Talent House Productions. With the help of local child psychology counselors, the girls—ages 5–12—were taught the importance of communication and discovering their potential, talent, and worth—through art, breakout sessions, and outdoor activities.
On September 19th, 10 HIV- girls and 10 HIV+ girls (ages 5 - 12)—from the Linfen Red Ribbon School in the Shanxi Province—spent a day drawing, sharing their hopes with a counselor, playing tug-o-war, singing, and playing the Guzheng.
On September 20th through October 4th, AHF India and partners hosted events throughout Karnataka to support over 260 young girls. Girls participated in arts and crafts, singing and dancing, and enlightening discussions. The event aimed to advise girls in way to overcome adversity and share with them the importance of independence and strength.
On October 4th, Women of Action and eight girls, ages 6 - 13, from The Laurel Foundation—whose mission aims to empower children, youth, and families affected by HIV/AIDS through educational and support programs—participated in a day of painting, discussion, and tug-o-war.
On September 19th, AHF Mexico partnered with Fundación Origen—a nonprofit organization that aims to assist in the development of women in poverty. Twenty-one girls—ages 9 to 12—participated in a day of conversation, painting, and outdoor activities (including tug-o-war) at Casa Origen in San Marcos de la Loma.
On October 3rd, 45 girls in St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, and Kazan participated in She’s Her Ally Events. Girls in this region painted portraits of themselves, played tug-o-war, and participated in team building exercises.