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Safe Blood for Africa Foundation's African Club 25 Greatly Reducing HIV Infections in African Youth
Date:9/24/2007

interest in this program is truly exciting. Wherever we have an opportunity to launch the program, we are approached by other communities and officials asking how they, too, might become part of the program. This Club helps keep Africa's young people from contracting HIV, and also is an opportunity for them to learn skills which can help them as they become adults. It is truly a program which is focused on building the youth of Africa's capacity in many areas. Our youth are, after all, our future." Our message to the youth is "Think big, start small but act NOW" and this has become the slogan for the club.

Kelly Dambuza, Secretary of the African Club 25 Society, said, "When I started working with Safe Blood for Africa's Club 25, I didn't fully understand what a large impact it could have, and is now having. Growing up in Botswana, which has a very high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, I saw firsthand how the young people despair for the future. It was amazing to see what a difference it made to give them hope and a group which cares about their future -- including providing counseling and training. Once you see this program in action, you can fully comprehend what a difference it is making. One thing that makes it even more exciting is that youth own this club."

With African Youth in danger of contracting HIV/AIDS, youth programs such as African Club 25 are essential to helping to stop this growing problem.


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