African Artists for Development (AAD) strongly shares SOS-Sida’s conviction that HIV-positive people should benefit not only from medical treatment but also from psychological support.
When Gratien Chibungiri, the coordinator of SOS-Sida in Bukavu, asked for support to organize a Christmas party at the Integrated Support Center for People with HIV/AIDS (CIAPS), AAD answered the call to help create a celebration for the 172 children under CIAPS’ care.
For the special occasion, SOS-Sida hired a clown to perform several skits, much to the delight of the young children. These skits showed the daily lives of children living with the disease and emphasized the importance of screening. With good music and good vibes, the children also danced the day away on an improvised dancefloor. Exhausted by the activities, they were then able to enjoy a free meal offered by the association to each individual.
AAD’s efforts do not stop there. AAD will continue its fight against HIV/AIDS by covering the operational costs of SOS-Sida’s HIV/AIDS screening center in Bukavu over the next two years, starting in 2013.