HIV Moto Project Update

Posted by Gabe on May 6th, 2009 filed in Goal 1, Post, Secondary Projects

Project T shirt slogan
Project T shirt slogan

The intense fundraising phase of our regional project in the West has drawn to a close, and we are happy and excited to announce that our project has been fully funded! Thank you to all those that contributed to our project–our success in reaching our fundraising goal is due to your immense generosity.

Having given some money to help the development effort in Cameroon, you may be asking “What now?” Well, we volunteers from the West Region had our last HIV Moto Project meeting Saturday, and all elements of the training seminar are in place. We are feeling very positive, and are all looking forward to having the training which will take place Thursday and Friday in Bafoussam. Moto drivers from around the region have been selected to represent their different villages, and invitations and T-shirts have been printed and are being distributed. “Oui, Nous Pouvons” can be translated into English as “Yes, We Can” and is based on a motivational phrase used in French-speaking Cameroon. It seems to be a popular sentiment in more places than one! The subtitle goes: “protect each other, live positively, help each other.”

During the seminar, moto drivers will be trained as peer educators in various topics related to HIV/AIDS including stigma, distinguishing facts & myths, and important medical information about the epidemic. Once the training is complete, each driver will receive a certificate of completion and we will schedule HIV/AIDS education events and testing in each village represented. We Peace Corps volunteers will work together during the training to educate the moto drivers, along with medical officials and NGOs such as RIDEV.

Having spoken with the moto drivers I selected from our town, I was pleased to hear that they are very enthusiastic about the project, and feel honored that they were chosen to participate.

4 Responses to “HIV Moto Project Update”

  1. Alan Says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Hey, my wife and I are in Ghana currently, but will be living in Cameroon before too long. What would it cost to get one of these shirts? Are they for sale?

  2. kate sobolewski Says:
    May 16th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Greetings. I just found you trough my friend Victoria Reiners here in USA. She is friends with Gabe’s parents i believe?
    She referred me to this site because my daughter, Andrea, (20 student of U of Rochester) has just arrived in Foumban with a small team of nurses/social workers who will be running a two-week pediatric clinic and AIDS education program. Nurse practitioner Patty Hewson is in charge. Just in case your paths cross! They are staying with local relatives of one of the team, Rafiatou. I am enjoying reading the posts here; will try to figure a way to send link to my daughter! keep up the great endeavor. Kate

  3. Kevin Says:
    June 10th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Nice design. Must have been hard to find a graphic designer over there. ;)

  4. Barbara Says:
    June 23rd, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    I am a friend of Kateri’s and just want to send my congrats and encouragement for what you are doing. Good job!

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