Multicultural Canadian Youth Head to South Africa for LetsStopAIDS Program
LetsStopAIDS is off to South Africa on June 16, 2011 for its annual program “Spread Trees, Not AIDS”. LetsStopAIDS is the largest youth-driven HIV organization in Canada, with over 400 volunteers worldwide. Led by three International Youth Ambassadors and two Program Managers, “Spread Trees, Not AIDS” aims to address HIV prevention, stigma alleviation, and environmental conservation, and to further encourage leadership development within youth and communities.
The team will be working again in a region that suffers from one of the highest incidences of HIV in the world, KwaZulu-Natal.
A previous International Youth Ambassador, Hillary Sametz, says, “We are faced with glaring questions of responsibility that we cannot really escape. In this sense, the LetsStopAIDS experience is beneficial for all those who are seeking to help the world and shoulder some of this heavy burden.” The program not only contributes towards a solution to the HIV epidemic and environmental issues at hand, but also enriches the lives of all the volunteers and organization members involved.
“Spread Trees, Not AIDS” will be partnering with the AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), the Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking (HIVAN), and Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA).