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APRECOM coordinates a network of support groups for children affected by HIVÂ and AIDS. These clubs are called â€˜Inshuti Nzizaâ€™, which means â€˜good friendsâ€™. At these clubs, children enjoy friendship, share one anotherâ€™s burdens and learn more about Godâ€™s love for them and his plan for their lives. These clubs bring life and hope to children who have known stigma and suffering.
Odeth, APRECOM’sÂ Team LeaderÂ tells us: ‘Now, the kids are happy, clean, respectful and confident. We’ve heard thatÂ they are now participating in their churches. These kids are creative and participate in Sunday School.’
The older Inshuti Nziza youth have formed a â€˜troopâ€™ that volunteers at the support groups of adults affected by HIV and AIDS. They also visit adults in hospital, and plan to help construct homes for families in need. Rather than focusing on the problems HIV has brought to their own lives, they want to pass on the blessings they have received from APRECOM.
Teaching these young people skills for living is essential, as many have lost their parents or may be the main caregivers in their families. APRECOM holds 3-day residential â€˜life-skillsâ€™ seminars for them, where they discuss issues as a group, plan for the future andÂ areÂ free to share their struggles.