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My River-of-Life, My Toolkit for Change was selected to be presented at the XXI International AIDS Conference
The Kabataang Gabay sa Positibong Pamumuhay is set to Particpate in the 19th International AIDS Conference to be held in Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC USA, 22-27 July 2012 and showcase its behavior change entrepreneurship program entitled: My River of Life, My Toolkit for Change at the Global Village Marketplace and Networking area.
The River-of-Life Tool is a behavior change outcomes measurement tool developed during the HEART Emergence Project supported by the Starbucks Youth Action Grants through the International Youth Foundation in year 2008. The tool is a consolidation of dream-building sessions, self assessment of risk behaviors and river-of-life workshops and peer helping activities that help community groups of vulnerable, at-risk and those already living with HIV and their partners build their dreams, assess their risk-behaviors, benchmark change objectives, measure progress and celebrate change in one learning package that is fun, exciting and income generating.
The River-of-Life Toolkit for Change has a five year development journey starting from the Skills for Life project under the UNICEF Country Program for Children 6 HIV Prevention project in the year 2005-2009, NGO Capacity-building funded by ADB through the Constellation for Life Competence in 2007 and finally he HEART Emergence Project supported by the Starbucks Youth Action Grants.
Currently, the River-of-Life initiative is integrated in the MDG programs of KGPP and being adopted by the Philippine NGO Support Program or PHANSuP for its program for Positive Prevention in the Cities of Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Davao and Zamboanga supported by the MAC AIDS Fund and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the City Government of Iloilo for its Exclusive Breastfeeding program supported by the World Health Organization.
The event is hosted by the Peers Enabling Each other's Recovery social Network (PEERS Network) Philippines, United Western Visayas, The HIV and AIDS Core team of the Western Visayas Medical Center and the Philippine NGO Support Program (PHANSuP), Inc. The event will be represented by George Bartolome III, President of the United Western Visayas and PHANSuP Development Fellow.
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