Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Training camp for youth leaders for empowerment and people living with HIV/AIDS

On May 17th, 2008 Reverend Sanan Wutti and Khun Somdet Pornnimitsakun conducted a training camp for 30 youths affected with HIV/AIDS. The groups consisted of youth that are HIV negative and another group that is HIV positive. This training camp was held at the Thummila House in the Chiang Rai province. World Vision organized/sponsored the event.
The program began at 9am with a prayer. The first activity included singing a song, and then the youth played a game to break the ice for everyone to get to know each other. The youth participated in a discussion on who they are and what they are doing in their lives. The second activity had each participant receive a paper with a drawing of various people in a tree and each person had to choose a person on the drawing that reflected them in their life. Some people in the drawing were swinging happily on the tree branches and others were just hanging on or actually falling off. Each person was allowed to discuss which person on the drawing that they chose and why.
After this activity Rev. Sanan read a passage from the bible that related to the previous activity. Then everyone watched a DVD produced by public health department of the government that taught about ways to prepare the youth and the people living with HIV/AIDS to work and live within the community. Rev Sanan conducted a ceremony with washing of hands and then annointing with oil. The day ended with all the youth talking together about all the new information and knowledge that they have gained from all the days activities. They all left with a better understanding of themselves and each other, and had a great time as well.

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