Channels of Hope Facilitator Training in Cebu, Philippines.

The Philippines has one of the fastest rates of new HIV infections in the world. For some time we have been wanting to respond. One very tangible step was to conduct a Channels of Hope Facilitator Training in Cebu in April.

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Building honest relationships in Zambia

Two years ago, our team started working in one of the rural areas around Kabwe in Zambia. They hold regular support group meetings for people living with HIV and others who are affected. 

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Hope transmitted. HopeXchanged.

2016 ended on a high with the HopeXchange. For five days, 25 leaders of various AIDSLink ministries from 17 Nations gathered together.

So what happens at a HopeXchange?

In the lead up to the event, the decision was made to do away with the usual format of PowerPoint presentations (they often cause participants much stress), but instead give time for people to simply share stories. No one was disappointed. The raw honesty of those who shared set this ‘story time’ apart.

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Postive about life

Many young girls in Kyrgyzstan face sexual abuse and often end up pregnant or kicked out of the house. They remain uneducated and in menial jobs, continuing to face the same kind of victimisation as adults. After years of mistreatment and the burden of supporting their families in difficult circumstances, these women are vulnerable and have low self-esteem. The activities of the three Dorcas Ministries—named after the woman in the Bible from Joppa named Dorcas (Acts 9:36)—are designed to make a difference in the lives of silently suffering women. 

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Saving Lives and Restoring Dignity

Almost a month ago a nurse asked me to go and visit a patient who had just been diagnosed with HIV. She didn’t tell me anything about her. When I got there the patient had lots of problems. Her CD4, which measures her immune system, was only 15 and she had horrible smelly wounds in her vagina. She was in incredible pain and couldn’t walk at all.

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