The Bible Society of Côte d’Ivoire has a vital take-home message for youth: you are responsible for your life. Therefore – Take Charge!
This simple but powerful statement is changing the lives of many young people in the country.
And yes, it is referring to that most taboo of subjects – sex.
Through its Take Charge youth programme, Bible Society teaches students that if they change their behaviour, the chances of getting HIV is very small, and the war against HIV/AIDS can be won!
Bible Society is also very keen that students overcome their own prejudices about HIV-positive people. Each student is introduced to an HIV-positive person whom they care for and pray for as a part of the programme.
This article is from The Word at Work – Autumn 2011.
In spite of losing her eldest son, her house and her work in the earthquake Irma (pictured) is learning to live again. Irma and her family live in a tent in Cepem camp, one of many tent cities that sprang up after the earthquake.