The TRIAD Trust, Inc. wrote -
2013 World AIDS Day was Sunday, December 1. And it served as a bittersweet reminder of the milestones and progress TRIAD has made this year and the long road ahead in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
To recognize World AIDS Day, we kicked off our annual year-end campaign. This year our goal is to raise $10,000. TRIAD has had an incredible year, and we look forward to more ambitious accomplishments next year.
-Release of the ImprovED album, “Marula’s Shade”
In addition to receiving critical acclaim in the US and in South Africa, “Marula’s Shade” marks a new chapter for the Nkomazi TRIAD ImprovED troupe. While “Marula’s Shade” is available on iTunes & CDbaby, the local Nkomazi troupe is taking responsibility for raising funds to continue operating ImprovED in high schools across the Nkomazi by selling the CD in local shops, at schools, and community events. If you don’t already have a copy, you can get one on iTunes or via our website: http://bit.ly/18Hby0A
-Reaching more than 7,000 students though ImprovED workshops
Once again, our 10-week ImprovED program anchored schools’ Life Orientation program (think health class) at schools for students in grades 8 through 11. Kids continue to learn actively and appreciate the bond they forge with ImprovED troupe members
“I learn that it’s OK to talk about the difficult things. If we don’t, we will never be honest enough to save our own lives.” – 11th grade female student at Mbambiso High School, Boschfontain
-Capacity-building for troupe members
TRIAD’s US-based volunteers and staff continued to develop the skills of TRIAD’s HIV educators, offering workshops in management & development skills, and reflective practices for stress management.
-Radio ImprovED: interactive call-in radio program
Capitalizing on the popularity of the traditional ImprovED school-based program, Nkomazi TRIAD will be introducing a new format to extend the relationship and dialogue on NkomaziFM, broadcasting to more than 300,000 people each week! TRIAD’s ImprovED troupe members will host the weekly call-in program, enabling student participants and the community at large to engage in the interactive, performance-based HIV and life skills education program.
-Hiring a new program administrator
Working in the schools, running the new radio outreach format, and fundraising leaves little time to mind the office. We’ll be hiring someone to help position the organization to scale up.
-New capacity-building programs for local caregivers
In addition to supporting our ImprovED program, TRIAD continues to offer trainings to HIV caregivers. This year we plan to implement therapeutic services trainings for more than 100 local home-based care workers who interact daily with people living with HIV/AIDS and their children.
You can help us grow our impact by donating to TRIAD’s year-end campaign. Your generosity will help sustain the extraordinary work going on every day across vulnerable, high-prevalence communities.