||Iyamah Ehijie Xavier [ profile ]
HIV & AIDS and THE CHURCH
Nov 30th, 2010 - 10:02:03
Inviting all my partners out there to a gathering of christians in Benin City in
Nigeria, to talk frankly on the issue of HIV&AIDS, and why the effect of the
church in Nigeria has not been felt in battling this pandemic.
The Firm Foundation HIV and AIDS INITIATIVE a.k.a. LIFE WITH INTENTION has
decided to organise a gathering of professionals, policy makers,
NGO's,individuals and interested organisations to discuss and profer practicable
solutions using the methods of christ and bible principles to help ptrvent the
spread of HIV and AIDS and help improve the lives of the infected and affected
details of the programme are as follows:
Date: December 11th , 2010
Time: 10.00 am prompt
Venue: Firm Foundation.5, Oregbeni str.off Aideyan str. Off Ihama Rd.
G.R.A. , Benin City ,Edo state
FIRM FOUNDATION HIV & AIDS INITIATIVE
The Firm Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative is an organisation with the aim of
helping PLWHA lead meaningful lives by developing innovative and effective
positive responses to the HIV epidemic; helping them rebuild their lives
emotionally,physically,spiritually and economically and live positively and
productively with the virus.
Faith based organisations have not done enough in determining how individuals,
families and entire communities respond to HIV/AIDS and to PLWHA and in reducing
the stigma at all levels which is one of the major problems of PLWHA and the
epidemic.Thus the Firm Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative with a sense of urgency
and commitment has decided to take the responsibility along with concerned
individuals and organisations.We intend to use coordinated approaches and
methods to help educate and inform individuals ,as well as PLWHA with the aim of
tackling stigma at different levels, empowering them economically to live and
continue living positive productive lives; giving them hope based on the
foundation of Gods love, and helping them develop emotional/mental family
assets-feelings of being loved, protected, and of their needs being met which
helps to reduce the plague of HIV/AIDS.
Based on the premise that those who are not infected are affected directly or
indirectly by the virus, we plan to achieve our goals by:
· Building personal relationships with PLWHA, giving them hope, care and
love, based on God’s word.
· Contribute in eradicating the disease.With an estimated 3.6 percent of
the Nigerian population living with the virus, we plan to educate and train
volunteers who would help enlighten the community on prevention strategies and
to stop the stigmatization of PLWHA
· Providing fellowship,and sharing the gospel with them
· Awakening the church to its role and responsibilities.
· Promoting safe sexual behaviour; by preaching abstinence to youths
(15-29 years) who are most prone to the infection;
· Training and empowering PLWHA with skills, so they could be self
dependent, start SME’s or get jobs and increase support for the affected and
infected that would be ultimately beneficial to them.
· Motivating volunteers involved in HIV/AIDS care, support and
prevention activitiesto help enlighten people on the need to know their status,
through counselling and testing with professional counsellors, ensuring
confidentiality of information and strict adherence to medical ethics.