HIV and AIDS have had a devastating impact on the quality of life and the prospects for a brighter future for Sub-Saharan Africa. In South Africa alone, more than 300,000 people die of AIDS each year and an estimated 5.6 million people are living with HIV or AIDS.
Preventing HIV infection among Africa’s youth is critical to the future of the continent.
The youth of Africa are particularly vulnerable to HIV. Along with the normal pressures of adolescence, they face a number of challenges. These challenges are complex and include gender inequity, high crime rates, lack of cohesive family units, high incidence of rape and sexual misuse, misinformation or lack of information about HIV, chronic unemployment, lack of access to health services, and the stigma that surrounds the disease.
We take our lead from community-based organizations on the ground. We recognize that they are the experts who understand the social and structural relationships of their communities better than anyone. By supporting these organizations through grant giving, networking, and spotlighting their work,we serve as a vehicle for communities to enhance their ability to mobilize and empower themselves to prevent HIV.
We strive to develop collaborative long-term relationships with grantees built on mutual trust and respect. In this manner, both CTAOP and our grantees can evolve together to increase each community’s capacity to prevent HIV.
We support progressive community-based organizations that:
Integrate, or are willing to integrate, innovative and engaging HIV preventive education and stigma reduction strategies into the services they already provide
Empower African youth to keep themselves and their peers safe from HIV/AIDS as a significant part of their work
Foster an atmosphere of continuous learning by keeping informed about the most effective approaches to preventing HIV/AIDS among youth and the changing needs of the their communities
Develop supportive relationships with key stakeholders in their communities to strengthen the impact of their work