The Rwanda Village Concept Project organizes annually the Candlelight Memorial, the candlelight memorial is an internationally commemorated day to honor those who have been affected by the AIDS pandemic and to raise awareness among youth on HIV/AIDS with a theme "SUPPORTING THE FUTURE OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS". This year it was commemorated on the 5th July 2015. It is annually celebrated on the third Sunday of May, but due to a very tight school schedule, it was postponed to July.
It has been initiated since 1983 by the coalition of community non-governmental organizations globally coordinated by Global Network of people living with HIV (PLWHIV). And RVCP is commemorating it from 2005.
The purpose of the day is trying to address the ignorance of candle light memorial day in our community. Whereby diverse group of community leaders including community health workers, researchers, business people, faith and organization leaders and concerned individuals to take part in HIV awareness and stigma eradication in HIV victims according to the annual theme.
Objectives and results of the event
Partners and all stakeholders
Students from Thomas Jefferson University
Huye youth friendly center former DUSHISHOZE center
Society for family health Rwanda (SFH)
Huye district through Ngoma sector
National Police Ngoma station
MEDIA(RC huye, Salus Radio,Igihe.com)
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is much more than just a memorial. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS. With 33 million people living with HIV today, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations.
This event has been prepared by Hategekimana Florentine/HIV prevention program in touch with Karara Jackson /the vice director of the program.