In the last five years, AYO! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS has developed HIV & AIDS education workshop content specifically tailored to Balinese teenagers. Through its EduSpirit Workshops, it has reached over 4,260 students and 180 teachers in more than 71 high schools across Bali.
In 2013, AYO! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS was awarded a substantial grant from the New Zealand Home Mission Fund (NZ-HOMF) to support the 2014 GOAL AYO! Program for comprehensive facilitator module development and facilitator capacity-building. Following a rigorous selection process, we trained a total of sixteen educators from throughout Bali to lead EduSpirit workshops in their home regencies.
Of course, HIV & AIDS education also happens beyond the classroom, and we have always endeavoured to identify creative and entertaining outlets for information-sharing. Between 2011 and 2013, AYO! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS held free community concerts on the public football field of Ubud to reach a wider audience. The annual concerts attracted audiences of thousands and featured influential national recording artists and well-known local bands. Following successful media partnerships to broadcast a 2012 Public Service Announcement, last year, AYO! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS hosted a weekly talk show on two radio stations and launched the Heart Connection Tour (HCT) to encourage EduSpirit workshop facilitators to incorporate music and dance into HIV & AIDS education workshops.
All of AYO! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS’s educational platforms address sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV & AIDS through creative and engaging information exchange. Balinese youth gain life-saving knowledge on high-risk behaviors and are empowered as peer leaders to discourage unprotected sex and intravenous drug abuse among classmates, encourage HIV testing, and instill empathy toward people living with HIV & AIDS.
AYO! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS has been grateful for the support of a number of organizations over the years, including the New Zealand Aid Programme, AusAID HIV Cooperation Program for Indonesia, Komisi Penanggulangan AIDS (National AIDS Commission), Bumi Sehat Foundation, Bali Peduli Foundation, Desa Seni, Teh Kotak, The Yoga Barn, Radja Pro, DKT Indonesia, YAMAHA Indonesia, Pregina, and Antida Records. Partner organizations have included Kita Sayang Remaja Bali (We Care About Balinese Teenagers), Hijau Biru Consulting, Humanitarian Benchmark Consulting, Bali Red Cross, and local governmental health, education, and youth and sports departments in each of the nine districts of Bali.
In 2015, our goal is to continue to develop the educational content of our workshop materials for adaptability and long-term relevance. We also hope to undertake post-workshop surveys to monitor knowledge retention. Sustainability is always a challenge, however, and we are currently seeking new funding to continue our programs.
The AYO! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS core team includes Outreach Program Coordinator A.A. Raka Sutariyani (aka, Raka) and Program Officer I Made Yuda Prawira (aka Dodok).
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Website: http://www.ayobali.org and http://www.balispiritfestival.com/community-outreach/ayo-kita-bicara-hiv-and-aids