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Monday, December 17, 2012

Celebrating World AIDS Day

PCV's in Santa Cruz 

On December 1st all around the world people united in the fight against HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS have claimed the life of millions of men, women and children and as volunteers in Guatemala along with our local communities and counterpart agencies, we have joined the fight to stop the spread of HIV and discrimination of people living with the virus. 

Human Ribbon
In the department of Quiché, we commemorated World AIDS Day with a parade with students, health staff, hospital interns, volunteers and kids working with the office for human rights, the parade ended in the central park with some basic education about transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS and how to live along side people living with HIV/AIDS. It was a great success and several people participated. Aside from that activity, I also had an activity planned here in site with the youth. We had a parade on the main road leading to the soccer field where we formed a human ribbon and later hosted an HIV and Soccer workshop, which was developed last year by volunteers. We tried to have a soccer tournament but there was no referee and since I know nothing about soccer, we had to postpone the tournament to a later date. 
Kids showing off their skills during the HIV and Soccer Workshop

1 comment:

  1. Good morning how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Guatemala? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Guatemala in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez