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Expanding HIV&AIDS Awareness

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  • Written by CWS-P/A Communications Office
  • April 17, 2014

Between early and mid March, CWS-P/A held a three-day youth camp in Narowal District, Punjab and a one-day awareness session on HIV&AIDS in Thatta District, Sindh. A total of 83 participants attended the camp and adolescent session which took place in both districts for the first time.

A participatory approach was used to raise awareness as participants expressed their views of HIV&AIDS. During the youth camp, participants also developed posters and art work to express ideas about the topic as they enhanced their knowledge.

In Pakistan, cultural and social barriers hamper awareness and discussions on topics such as HIV&AIDS. CWS-P/A believes that knowledge and information sharing helps to reduce prevalence. “Awareness is our right, but we are restricted to know what our elders tell us without any reasoning. Here, I also got to know about gender roles in our male dominating culture,” shared a male participant in Thatta.

Capacity Building: Theater for Development

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  • Written by CWS-P/A Communications Office
  • April 17, 2014

CWS-P/A’s Capacity Building Program has conducted several trainings over the years to build the capacities of civil society organizations, community groups, teachers, and students on the use of theater as an important communications and advocacy tool.

Recently in March, the Capacity Institutionalization Project (CIP) carried out a training, “Theater for Development,” in Lahore, Pakistan. The training focused on engaging participants to use theater as a tool to address various issues while also creating awareness. Additionally, the training helped participants enhance their knowledge on interactive and street theater, the art of creating stories, and developing issue-based content in interactive theater.

DRR: Communities Relate to Vulnerabilities

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  • April 17, 2014

Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan (CWS-P/A) educates rural communities on disaster risk reduction through its Mobile Knowledge Resource Center (MKRC). During the last two months, more than 500 community members and 353 students participated in twenty-six trainings, successfully conducted in various villages of districts, Sujawal, Umerkot and Thatta. Participants are engaged through a variety of theory, IEC materials, and practical application activities. The approach is designed to attract interest and help communities relate to DRR in a way that encourages them to practice effective preparedness and mitigation. Through the training, the community also benefits from identifying actual vulnerabilities in their villages, developing a disaster preparedness plan, and assigning roles and responsibilities.

During the hazard, vulnerability, and capacity assessment (HVCA), participants produced maps of their localities with the aim to collect information on particular hazards in their area and identify vulnerabilities which contribute to disasters. This exercise assisted in categorizing short and long-term interventions required to reduce risk levels and root causes of floods, fires, and cyclones. A disaster preparedness plan was strategized by the community to classify levels of self-help and external interventions.

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