Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Seeing People As People: Supporting Marginalized Communities in Jamaica

Each day, Ruth Jankee goes to work on behalf of some of Jamaica’s most marginalized and hidden communities, among them men who have sex with men (MSM) and HIV-positive young women. In this State of Play podcast, Vice President of Communications Kimberly Abbott speaks to Ruth about the unique challenges these communities face and how World Learning is serving them. Ruth Jankee is World Learning’s project director for Jamaica and the Bahamas. With a professional career that started in the private sector with experience and expertise in administration, marketing, and management, and an MA from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, Ruth has been involved in development work for the past fifteen years. Development of individuals and organizations has been a common thread throughout Ruth’s professional career with a number of her positions being based on establishing or … Continue reading

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School-Community Partnerships for a Better Tomorrow

Nearly one million children in Ethiopia have lost a parent because of the AIDS epidemic. Through the School-Community Partnership Serving HIV-Affected Orphans and Vulnerable Children (SCOPSO) program, World Learning is helping to improve the lives of at least 52,000 children in need across the country. Sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the program works with schools and communities to develop the local capacity to improve the overall well being of children affected by HIV and AIDS. Watch our new documentary School-Community Partnerships for a Better Tomorrow, to see how the program has improved life for two children in Ethiopia.

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Creating a Sense of Belonging for Vulnerable Children in Ethiopia

After losing her parents seven years ago, Rhobot moved to Shawshamenee in central Ethiopia to live with her ailing grandmother. But because of her new household and care responsibilities, her academics suffered. “I missed school to prepare food for my grandmother and wash her clothing,” Rhobot said. Two years ago, her grandmother’s condition worsened, so Rhobot moved to Halaba to live with her aunt, and enrolled in Halaba Edget Primary School. Like many schools in Ethiopia, Halaba Edget has a large population of students that have lost one or both parents to AIDS. After enrolling, Rhobot began to receive support from World Learning’s School-Community Partnership Serving Orphans and Vulnerable Children Affected by HIV/AIDS (SCOPSO) project. It provided her with vital resources to thrive in school. This assistance helped change her attitude about school and her academic performance significantly improved. “Before, … Continue reading

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World Learning Launches Caribbean Resource Mobilization Curriculum for NGOs

by Leslie Eldridge, Associate Private Development Specialist, Civil Society and Governance With the global economy still weak and recovering, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide are struggling to find sustainable sources of funding. To help them address this issue, we developed a new curriculum on resource mobilization—the process of identifying and raising essential resources (material, financial, technical and human) to further an organization’s activities toward achieving its mission. Resource mobilization expands beyond fundraising because it focuses on both tangible and intangible resources and is a continuous process. In mid-June, I traveled to Jamaica and St. Lucia to pilot our new curriculum in three-day workshops as part of our Caribbean Grants Solicitation and Management (CGSM) project efforts, funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The 27 participants (14 … Continue reading

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School-Community Partnerships for a Better Tomorrow

Nearly one million children in Ethiopia are affected by the AIDS epidemic. Through the School-Community Partnership Serving HIV-Affected Orphans and Vulnerable Children (SCOPSO) program, World Learning has provided comprehensive care and support for at least 52,000 children in need across the country. Sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the program also empowers schools and communities to improve the wellbeing of children affected by HIV/AIDS and lessen the local impact of the AIDS epidemic. World Learning is in the process of completing a documentary about the program, which showcases some of the students who benefit from the program and hard-working staff who make it possible. We’ll be posting the new video soon. In the meantime get an overview of the SCOPSO program by watching this short video … Continue reading

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Empowering At-Risk Youth in Jamaica

Blanka Homolova, director of HIV/AIDS programs at World Learning, recently traveled to Jamaica to visit the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Grants Solicitation and Management Program (C-GSM), which focuses on strengthening the capacity of local organizations working with populations at most risk for HIV. As a part of the C-GSM program, World Learning manages small grants on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Children First is one of these beneficiary organizations and promotes HIV prevention and empowerment in vulnerable communities through work with at-risk youth and health care and support workers. The organization implements remedial education and vocational and skills training in Spanish Town to improve employment opportunities for populations vulnerable to contracting HIV due to their socioeconomic circumstances. Blanka visited one of the programs, which trains young people in cosmetology and barbering, and shared these photos.

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Q&A with Senior Vice President Carol Jenkins on World Learning’s HIV/AIDS Programs in the Caribbean

In 2011, the United States Agency for International Development awarded a $9.8 million Cooperative Agreement to World Learning’s Grants Solicitation and Management Program to provide grants and capacity building services to nongovernmental organizations in Jamaica and the Bahamas. Carol Jenkins is the senior vice president for World Learning’s International Development and Exchange Programs and has had the opportunity to visit World Learning’s programs in Ethiopia and the Bahamas. She will be traveling to Jamaica this March with members of the World Learning’s Board of Trustees. How does World Learning’s HIV/AIDS work in the Bahamas and Jamaica compare to its programming in Ethiopia? From what I have seen, there are many similarities in our work across the programs, though of course the context is always unique. In all of the locations around the world where World Learning implements programs, we work … Continue reading

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2012 Year in Review

By Adam Weinberg, World Learning President and CEO As I traveled around the world this past year, I observed World Learning advancing leadership in every region. I witnessed emerging leaders in rural schools in Ethiopia—students full of hope for the future and devoted parents—who now have the tools and structure to keeping young children in school. I participated in an SIT symposium in Rwanda where scholars and academic directors focused on how to teach a new generation about genocide and post-conflict reconciliation. In Turkey and Morocco, I watched a rising generation of students from the United States, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, and elsewhere discuss strategies for addressing human rights and economic progress. I meet people like Noof Assi, an alumna of the World Learning Iraqi Young Leader Exchange Program and the co-founder of Iraqi Streets 4 Change, which … Continue reading

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Grants Provide Economic Opportunities for Schools

December 1 is recognized as World AIDS Day. World Learning implemented its first HIV-related program in 1990 and currently runs HIV/AIDS projects in Angola, the Bahamas, Ethiopia, and Jamaica, which work to mitigate the complex socio-economic impact of the AIDS epidemic on individuals, families, and communities. World Learning recently awarded small grants to 23 primary schools in Ethiopia to fund activities that will generate income to support orphaned and vulnerable children, many of whom have been affected by HIV/AIDS. The awards were made possible by a $10,000 gift World Learning’s Board of Trustees made during their trip to Ethiopia earlier this year and money donated through a World AIDS Day fundraiser held in Washington, DC, last year. Each of these schools participates in the School Community Partnership Serving Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Primary Schools (SCOPSO) project, which is funded … Continue reading

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International Day of the Girl

Today we celebrate the first-ever International Day of the Girl, which the United Nations established to “raise awareness of the situation of girls around the world.” Globally, girls face serious challenges that threaten their basic rights and well-being, including lack of access to education and economic opportunities, gender-based violence, poor healthcare, and social and political marginalization. Despite advances in women and girls’ rights, there is still a long way to go. Just this week the Taliban in Pakistan shot 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai for the “crime” of advocating for girls’ education. According to UNESCO, 32 million girls who should be attending primary school are not and globally only 30 percent of girls are enrolled in secondary school. However educating girls has a profound positive effect on society that includes increases in national GDP, crop production, and child immunization rates and decreases … Continue reading

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