The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) helps African youth keep themselves safe from HIV/AIDS. The Project was created in 2007 by Charlize Theron, Academy Award winning actor and UN Messenger of Peace. CTAOP provides support to organizations through direct grants, networking, and spotlighting the power of their work. All grantees are locally engaged organizations that use community specific programming to work with youth between the ages of 10-20 years old. Although the geographic scope of CTAOP is Sub-Saharan Africa, the primary area of focus has been Charlize’s home country of South Africa, which has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world.
Over 200,000 young people in some of the most vulnerable parts of Sub-Saharan Africa have directly benefitted from our efforts to date.
Since the beginning of the epidemic 30 years ago, it’s estimated that over 35 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses (UNAIDS 2013). Fortunately, in recent years, there has been tremendous progress. Although there is no cure, treatment is available. Infection rates are dropping and more people are on treatment than ever before. But the fight is not over, and the epidemic is disproportionately affecting specific locations and populations.