APT Action on Poverty

Living Positively in East Africa

People living with AIDS are often rejected by their families and the society they live in, unable to meet their most basic needs. This project builds on successful approaches to tackling both their practical and their social needs.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (290836)

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  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

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  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls

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In remote rural areas in Kenya APT has been working together with REEP (Rural Education and Economic Enhancement Programme), to tackle the appalling quality of life of people living with AIDS and the way in which people – particularly women – are treated in society – rejected and excluded sometimes even by their extended families. The work has helped people affected by AIDS to establish their own sources of income through enterprise development, but also address the stigma and discrimination faced by people who are HIV positive and help them to access care and support. The approach, training people living with AIDS within communities – in enterprise, legal matters (such as inheritance rights), health issues, suppporting them to act as role models, and further transferring knowledge through them, has had considerable success: - Over 2,400 people increased incomes through their own enterprise – and those who provide enterprise services are now including those with HIV/AIDS amongst their clients. - Over 5,800 people living with HIV/AIDS were supported in self help groups, met openly, publicly testifying to the reduction of stigma. Beneficiaries felt that much of the change in attitudes towards them was the result of people observing them running successful enterprises. - Over 16,000 received improved care and support (eg counselling, testing, legal advice, market information). There are many African organisations who are doing fantastic work in the care of people living with AIDS, but are uncertain how to assist their beneficiaries meet the demands of a market in setting up a small enterprise. We would like to widen the impact of this work, and respond to specific requests made by organisations in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to meet this need, building on and sharing our experience. Learning exchange visits with the project in Kenya can be arranged for less than £1000, follow up support for £5,000 to £10,000 and pilot projects for £50,000 each.

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