Mission: FACE AIDS mobilizes and inspires youth to fight AIDS in Africa and promote global health equity. We do this by:
(1) Providing Economic and Educational Opportunities for HIV-affected Rwandans: FACE AIDS sponsors capacity-building programs for individuals most affected by HIV/AIDS in rural eastern Rwanda. Members of HIV associations earn an income by crafting beaded AIDS awareness pins, and local microfinance experts help them to use savings from their income to run small businesses. FACE AIDS also provides social and economic empowerment opportunities for vulnerable Rwandan youth, including tuition and school fees assistance, leadership and psychosocial support conferences, and guidance for students who organize awareness and education projects in their communities.
(2) Supporting Healthcare through Student-Led Campaigns: FACE AIDS mobilizes students to lead campaigns to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and money to support initiatives to combat the epidemic. Chapter leaders at 150 college and high school campuses distribute our beaded AIDS awareness pins with the biography and photograph of the individual pin-maker in exchange for $5 donations. Funds raised by students are matched 1:1 by private donors, and 100% of this support is sent to Partners In Health, an internationally acclaimed NGO providing healthcare services for the world’s most devastated populations. PIH-Rwanda uses these funds to provide free HIV treatment and healthcare to FACE AIDS pin-makers, sponsored students, and thousands more in their communities.
(3) Engaging a Generation of Future Leaders in Global Health: The Global Health Corps is a new fellowship program being built in partnership with FACE AIDS. It provides direct service opportunities for recent university graduates. GHC sends outstanding young people from around the world on year-long fellowships to work on high-impact projects with inspirational and effective organizations delivering healthcare services to those in need. The program is designed to help fellows become life-long global health leaders, incorporating training and mentorship components and providing them with a community of dedicated peers.
Results: Since 2005, FACE AIDS has employed and empowered hundreds of HIV-affected Rwandan pin-makers, sent hundreds of vulnerable Rwandan youth back to school, mobilized thousands of young leaders worldwide, and supported healthcare for countless HIV-affected Rwandans. Moreover, we are building a movement of young people around the world who believe that health care is a human right.
Geographic areas served: USA, Rwanda
Programs: We are fighting the global hiv/aids pandemic by building a movement of young leaders dedicated to health equity and social justice, and by providing socio-economic support to hiv-affected individuals living in impoverished communities. From 2007 to 2013, face aids worked in poor, rural communities in rwandas eastern province, focusing on hiv-affected youth. These individuals used their income from making the beaded aids pins to establish sustainable local businesses. Face aids operations also included community sensitizations, a voluntary counseling and testing center, and an hiv education through sports program.
in 2007, partners in health, one of the world's premier social justice and health care organizations, invited face aids to expand our operations beyond zambia and join them at their new site in rwanda. Face aids now works in poor, rural communities in rwanda's eastern province, focusing on hiv-affected youth. Our programs address the factors that make young people vulnerable to hiv/aids and poor health outcomes more broadly. Specifically, we provide youth with a social support network, empower them through income-generating activities and youth-led savings and credit cooperatives, and encourage them to become leaders in the health and development of their communities. In the u. S. , face aids has established chapters at over 205 colleges and high
schools. Each year, thousands of students design and lead campaigns, events, and other initiatives to promote education and awareness of hiv/aids and raise funds to combat the pandemic. To date, they have raised $2 million for partners in health to provide comprehensive health care to hiv-affected communities in rwanda. Students involved in face aids become powerful leaders and change makers, going on to win rhodes and marshall scholarships, earning admission to medical, law, and business schools, and working in government, non-profit, and the private sector on the front lines of global health and social justice.