How We Do Our Part in Improving the Lives of YLWA

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Our Work and Planned Signature Projects

Addressing the Socioeconomic Challenges of YLWA in Developing Countries 


The youth living with HIV/AIDS in developing economies are a vulnerable group living a nightmarish life. This is owed to social discrimination in an environment of immense economic paucity. There is a need to specially assist them to make their extended lives meaningful.


We wish to study this phenomenon and establish its enormity before we decide on the best intervention. We aim to give these youth hope and empower them to be creators of wealth and progress. This intervention will turn them from a burden to an asset in their communities while garnering them economic and socio importance. We wish to prove that HIV is not a life sentence.


As far as youth and HIV are concerned, the world is focused on reducing infections and increasing medical access, basically allowing more youth to survive. No questions have been asked of these youth after they survive. It looks like the more youth survive HIV, the higher the numbers of poor and socially unhappy youth are.


After years of taking regimens of antiretroviral medications (some of them started on their second birthday), these youth are grateful to be alive, but it is at once a life of stigmatization and ostracism. The application of antiretroviral medication in a socioeconomically challenging environment has some ramifications.


The youth who have braved HIV/AIDS for years in this environment are visibly scarred. Many of them have suffered secondary ailments that have physically affected them. Additionally, because of dietary paucity and nutritional deficiencies, they generally appear emaciated and thin.


It is therefore easy for a member of the general public to visibly identify YLWA; the signature appearance is well-known. This identification is at the core of stigmatization and ostracism.


Visibly identifiable YLWA have several challenges. For example, employers are reluctant to employ them because they will most likely have many sick days off. Employers think that they may cause distraction and unease at work due to attraction of curiosity amongst fellow staff!


It is next to impossible for YLWA to attract sexual partners because they are considered a grave “sexual risk.” Members of their families and peers do not want “to hang out with them” because they elicit curiosity. At times, they are sent out of Iiving rooms and carted out of sight when visitors show up.


In Uganda, where 83% of the youth are unemployed, poor, and destitute, the youth Iiving with AIDS/HIV are facing “double jeopardy.” Not only are their chances and opportunities slimmer than those of the other youth, but employability and poverty exacerbate their HIV/AIDS condition.


While the youth in Uganda generally live torrid lives, those living with HIV/AIDS particularly experience a treacherous life. There is a need to address the plight of YLWA in Uganda as well as in other developing economies.


At Community Concepts Inc in Waltham, Massachusetts, we are working hard to address this problem. We have started by commissioning a study to evaluate the problem we wish to identity. We define and measure the extent of the problem and then proceed to craft scientifically guided solutions. This project falls within our major ambit as a youth in development nonprofit organization.


We aim to give the youth in less developing countries hope and turn them from being a liability into strength of their communities. Assistance to YLWA is our current signature project. We need all the help we can marshal (financial resources and manpower/volunteers). We may be a startup, but there is no singular organization globally, apart from us, that is addressing this particular problem.


Not only are we pioneers in this regard, but we wish to effectively solve the problem. We take this opportunity to invite all persons and organizations of goodwill to partner with us in ways convenient to them. We are confident that with your help, this challenge will be vanquished.

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Our Plans 

Socioeconomic intervention projects for the youth Iiving with HIV/AIDS in Uganda (to be scaled continent-wide)

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Where We Work

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  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi

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  • Mozambique
  • Rwanda
  • Somalia
  • South Africa

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  • South Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

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  • Zambia
  • Zanzibar
  • Zimbabwe

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