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I don't believe that youths want to live in apathy and ignorance, perhaps they were not given enough opportunities to explore and discover the paths they could have taken.
As a youth initiated project, we face so many difficulties. For instance, we lack in expertise and experience to execute a community project. We have to establish connections by ourselves, and often we doubt whether are we capable to make it happen? Or worst, sometimes problems may arise within the organization itself, eg. lack of enthusiasm from the volunteers.
From this community project, I think I have really grown a lot as a person, understanding my community better and seeing things from another perspective. But I have a lot of doubts too, what can we really acheive? Is there an impact we can make? How far can we go? Are we going to die off because the inability to sustain?
I will be graduating this year and passing the activities to the new batch of volunteers. Are they going to be committed?
I don't know what lies ahead in the future, but I will do my best now.
There isn't any youth activities on HIV/AIDS on Malaysia. My country failed to achieved the Millennium Development Goals for HIV/AIDS, Back then in 2006/2007 the gov initiated a program for youths. It still exists now, but its activities almost had nothing to do with HIV. Youths still don't really know what HIV is. and even less about Sexually Reproductive Health. Neither did I knew what was syphilis before I did this project!
Being conservative and preserving Asian values is not a bad thing. I am proud to be a Asian! But a conservative society is less accepting to see that their young ones are being taught sexual education.
Some will blame the goverment that they are delaying the programs, but I felt that youths should take the lead.
We should step up and address issues that are happening around us. We can always initiate and take the responsibility and not burden our government too.
I look forward to more support for youth projects in the future addressing HIV/AIDS issues!