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HIV prevention: vulnerable young people in Africa

Through our partners, ACET Nigeria, ACET DRC and the Nehemiah Project's 'Shining Star Project' in Zimbabwe, we will protect vulnerable children and young people from HIV transmission through providing quality relationships and sex education (RSE), vocational skills training and counselling

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (299293)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation - International

  • I'm President of ACET DRC's World Values Club. From the themes that we discussed in my club, I have already improved my knowledge of how live a healthy life.

    — Betty, peer educator, DRC

  • Through selling peanut butter, I can now afford to buy food and clothe myself. I have become a confident person, regardless of my past and have left sex work. In the future, I want to own my own peanut butter making business so that I can employ others and prevent young girls getting into sex work.

    — Thandi, adolescent peer educator, the Shining Star Project, Zimbabwe

  • Since joining the Esteem Club, I have learnt so much about relationships and sexual health, including how HIV can be transmitted. The Esteem club has inspired me to educate my friends and society on better ways regarding relationships and sexual health.

    — Jonathan, Esteem Club member in Nigeria

  • I know that if I hadn’t come to the Esteem Club, I could be in very different circumstances now. However, thanks to the Esteem Club, I have grown in confidence in myself, and learnt so much. I understand the importance of having safe sex and have decided to wait until I am married.

    — Patricia, Esteem Club member, Nigeria


AIDS-related deaths are the leading cause of death amongst young people (aged 10-24) in Africa, and 84% of young people living with HIV are in Sub-Saharan Africa (Unicef 2019). Lack of education is a major problem, as is destructive misinformation from pornography - both of which can lead to risky sexual activity. Sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) is also a key driver of HIV. Orphans, adolescent sex workers and children in communities with high levels of HIV & SGBV are particularly vulnerable.


25 girls in sex work in Zimbabwe will be trained in vocational skills, enabling them to exit sex work. They will also share HIV prevention messages with 1700 other girls involved in sex work. 1875 children and young people in Nigeria will be reached with relationships and sex education (RSE) through Kids’ and Esteem Clubs. A further 2000 young people will be reached through social media. In DRC, 5000 young people will receive RSE lessons, 100 of whom will also attend life skills clubs.