World AIDS Day ❤️

We celebrated World AIDS Day a day early in my community. This event would have not been possible without the countless community members and organizations that so graciously helped out – my counterpart Fezile, the High School-provided entertainment- singing, drama, play, poems and tables + chairs, PSI- HIV testing and counseling, the Sandleni inkhundla (local leadership), the MC, the Info Center – providing pamphlets, brochures, bandanas, and candles, the Ministry of Health, Swanepha, ADRA, the women in the Support Group – whom cooked and the number of community members who came (about 200 were in attendance!!)

Vigil – remembering and reflecting on loved ones that passed away from AIDS.

HIV testing and counseling

Information table

We made a commitment to show our support and solidarity for those infected and affected by HIV.


My community assessment revealed that HIV-related stigma and discrimination is a huge issue in the community. The numbers indicate that there are still new infections of HIV (Swaziland is most devastated by HIV – 1 in 4 people are infected). Breaking down the walls of shame can lead people to access information, support, prevention, and treatment…the goal for the event was to do just that.

It was exciting to see the community so engaged, inspired, and empowered. My hope is that they walked away with at least one piece of new information.

*If you don’t know your HIV status I’d encourage you to get tested tomorrow – knowledge is power ✊🏾

Sahle kahle (stay well)!

Author: Nicole

I've decided to uproot my life and dedicate it to serving in the Peace Corps for 27 months. Yuuuuup, you read that right. God has helped me redefine limitations. A dear friend once told me that, "boxes are for shoes, you never know how great you are until you break out of the box and see what you are really made of!" This blog will chronicle my adventures as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in the Kingdom of Swaziland! You'll read about my highest of highs compounded with the lowest of lows - raw and unfiltered. Please enjoy the view. :) *The contents of this blog are mine and do not reflect any position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.*

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