HIV/AIDS fighting project sponsored by "Bread for the world" comes to an end

The project was launched a year ago. Initially, it was aimed to enhance awareness among the public about the HIV/AIDS pandemic, to provide training of handicraft techniques, to support travelling means for orphans, and to assist female paddlers on the Rach Mieu Ferry with means for their household economic development. The project was carried out in Tan Thach Commune, Chau Thanh District, and the whole Ben Tre Township, Ben Tre Province, with the assistance of the Red Cross Society and the HIV/AIDS Committee of Ben tre.

Fruitfulness from the project over a year of deployment has much to tell. More than 35 thousand people of 3 target groups including teenagers and youth, women and restaurant workers, and young residents, were harnessed with knowledge and skills for fighting HIV/AIDS in the community.

The project members have made visits to 300 families of the HIV/AIDS victims to form a link of compassion, sympathy, spiritual as well as material supports for them. Several other works have also been done so far such as training handicraft embroidering and carpet weaving for 80 young girls, granting 18 bicycles for orphans for use as means of living, training on credit management, agricultural promotion for 50 women as well as granting them loans, and finally, training communication skills for 129 cadres of red cross societies, components of the Youth Union and teachers from 8 high schools in the project area. These learners in turn held many communication events in their localities to convey the information and knowledge down to every individuals in the community.

The project has contributed greatly to the cause of HIV/AIDS fighting in Ben Tre province.

Translated by An Chau.

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