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On May 17, 2009, we would like to join the international community in hosting a Candlelight Memorial in a city in Azerbaijan where youth and community members can learn about HIV/AIDS.
The event will begin with an introduction detailing the purpose of a Candlelight Memorial as well as an explanation of what HIV/AIDS is: its history, symptoms and how to contract and prevent it. Community members unaware of the virus will consequently begin to have knowledge about how to protect themselves and others. Guest speakers will then speak; a local doctor will discuss HIV/AIDS in the city and who it has affected while a community organizer will detail HIV/AIDS in the US and give suggestions about how to prevent it from spreading.
An art project created the week before by twenty students will then be unveiled. Highlighting the dangers of HIV/AIDS, the youth will have designed art based on information they learned during an intensive week-long workshop. The Minister of Education will subsequently announce the winners of a month-long student essay and poster competition about HIV/AIDS. In conclusion, candles will be lit and a moment of silence held for all who have been affected by the disease.
The city will contribute the supplies, overhead costs, and staff time and effort. We are asking PCPP for funds to pay for art project materials as well as for the community organizer’s honorarium, hotel and cost of transportation.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.
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