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2004 - 2005 : HIV/AIDS

Also see YASI 2006-2007 : Gender Equality
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The first YASI covered Kolkata city and adjoining districts. In keeping with the theme for the year, trainings were aimed at empowering young people to plan and execute bold HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention initiatives. Most of the videos on this page are in Bengali.


YASI (04-05) Project Partners

State AIDS Prevention and Control Society, Govt. of West Bengal

Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd., A Govt. of India Enterprise

Thoughtshop Foundation

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Project Stages Launch | Stage I | Stage II | Stage III | Awards |

 

Launch Event

The project was launched with a press conference on September 27th 2004 at Nandan III, to create awareness about the project amongst media, youth networks and colleges.


Stage I : Training

November 2004 to January 2005

Of about 50 colleges/youth groups interested, 34 participated within the designated time period. 1412 young people were trained as peer educators across different sections of society. The participants were expected to return with proposals for compete in Stage II

see participants profile, training module, training events list


Stage II : Hand holding of Teams

November 2004 to February 2005

37 proposals were received; some cautious and some ambitious. In consultation with Thoughtshop Foundation the teams developed their ideas, upgraded their knowledge and skills to be able to conduct events.

A mid project review event was held on February 12, 2005. Participating teams attended to share their progress and to inspire each other.


Stage III : Youth Initiatives

World AIDS day 2004 to March 2005

The project received an overwhelming response. 24 teams (350 active members) implemented their respective plans within deadlines. Between January and March 2005, teams had organised 85 events in Kolkata and neighbouring districts, reaching out to at least 11,000 people directly.

These events were video documented, monitored by a team of observers and evaluated by a panel of judges.

see winning teams, youth initiatives list

 

Award Event

Outstanding initiatives by these young people were showcased on April 9, 2005 at Vidya Mandir. Teams were awarded certificates, trophies and cash prizes. Young people came from far off locations to attend the programme.
The programme was anchored by popular RJ'sPragya and Rakesh, courtesy 93.5 Red FM.

The event was also attended by organisations working on similar issues, and representatives from the media.

 

 


Training Module and Tools

The training sessions were designed to be completed within 4 hours, and conducted with groups of 50 participants. A series of tools were developed so that trainers could make best use of available time. Open ended Q&A sessions were held at the end of structured activities. The objective of the trainings were :

  • to establish the importance of HIV/AIDS awareness among youth, and motivate young people to take action
  • to arm them with correct knowledge and attitudes
  • to help them formulate a robust plan of action that is relevant to their context

Invisible Virus

(Bengali / English, 6 min, VCD)

This film was created as a curtain raiser for the interactive sessions to follow. The film describes global and local HIV/AIDS scenario (2005), sets a context for youth involvement, and calls for urgent youth action.


 

HIV/AIDS Kit

This tool kit was developed by Thoughtshop Foundation and tested for over the previous year (2003-04) with young people. Peer educators were handpicked during this time and were given extensive training to participate in the YASI project.


more about the HIV/AIDS Kit

Planning Cards

These cards were developed to help young people understand the process of planning. The activity helps young people identify the message, target audience and method appropriate for their contexts.

One set of cards are used to define objectives, another set to discuss possible strategies to achieve those objectives.


Outstanding Initiative Awards 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

 

Ramnarayanpur Kalika Sangha

Joint winner : Youth Initiative of the year: Youth Group

Highlights : Consistent impactful performances in interior villages, 17 events, reaching 2500 people. Gained popularity through word of mouth. Journeys doubled as bicycle rallies. Positive messages


Mayurbhanj Joint Citizen Center

Joint winner : Youth Initiative of the year: Youth Group

Highlights : Organised open forum with local religious leaders, madrassa teachers and students. Sensitive issues handled tactfully. Invited respected religious leader to chair meeting and add credibility.



Jadavpur University team Aid for AIDS

Youth Initiative of the year: College Team

Highlights : Focused awareness campaign on 3 top issues based on research; film show with debate on sexuality and condom use; condom desensitising competition during on campus festival.



Jadavpur University team Saviours

Youth Initiative of the year: College Team Runners Up

Highlights : Intensive interaction with audience, public discussions on sexuality, condoms. Street play on stigma & discrimination, care and support. Events at 3 locations, including Kidderpore, a high risk locality in Kolkata.



12 Special Category Prizes

 

Aastha

For a group that used cultural performance effectively on World AIDS Day

Highlights : Spontaneous and entertaining public discussion. Excellent public response. Implemented on World AIDS Day 2004.


St. Xaviers College

For a group who reached out to a wide range of audiences

Highlights : High energy street performances; the team organised their own press coverage for added visibility



Lutheran World Service Manoranjan Palli Team

For a group that mobilised community resources effectively

Highlights : Convinced local cable TV operator to screen film on HIV/AIDS, stigma & discrimination, care and support issues. Campaigned in community prior to screening



Jayprakash Institute of Social Studies

For a consistent and serious group

Highlights : Requested for, and undertook special training on workshop facilitation. Consistent and regular workshop based interventions at schools colleges and clubs.



Baruipur College

For a group that showed excellent skills in conducting workshops

Highlights : Remarkable group effort, excellent workshop skill. Training workshops on campus, schools, local club; other interactive events in public places. Clear and accurate messages.


Wigan Leigh College

For a team that used an imaginative interactive method to spread awareness

Highlights : Conducted an interactive workshop in class; performed an innovative play on stigma and discrimination during college festival. The play involved characters inviting audience members to participate in discussions, demonstrations.


Lutheran World Service Talbagan Team

For the youngest motivated team

Highlights : Engaged people in conversation, while distributing leaflets; created excitement and curiosity with candle lit rally in their own locality.


St. Thomas College

For a team that used technology effectively for awareness

Highlights : Created their own audio visual presentation on HIV/AIDS awareness, screened it in the college as a part of an interactive session



Youth For Development

For a group that was consistently well organised

Highlights : Conducted a variety of programmes with different audiences; interactive workshops, quizzes, leaflet distribution.



Pratyay

For a team that worked against all odds

Highlights : Leaders of two different teams joined hands and continued to work despite being let down by friends. The duo conducted a series of events including interactive film screenings, quizzes and leaflet distribution.



Barrackpore College

For a group that worked well as a team

Highlights : this was the largest team with more than 30 members! Every member participated with enthusiasm, dividing tasks amongst themselves with admirable ease. conducted a variety of programmes including questionnaire based survey, interactive workshops, film screening, leaflet distribution.




Naihati College

For a team that had the most variety

Highlights : Staged plays, demonstration at science fair, conducted quiz and poster contests, film screening, leaflet distribution



Statistics and Lists

Stage I Participant Profiles (100% = 1412)

Socio Economic distribution

Geographical distribution

Educational distribution


Stage I Baseline Findings Top five unclear issues

The Baseline Questionnaire comprised 12 true-or-false questions related to HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. A total of 1259 young people filled up the baseline questionnaire. Of these 52% were female and 48% were male. The top 5 unclear issues appeared to be :

  1. Not knowing where to go to get oneself tested for HIV
  2. Not knowing how to use a condom
  3. Not knowing the link between HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections
  4. Not knowing that there is no risk of HIV infection while donating blood
  5. Not knowing the need to use a condom during every sexual encounter

These issues were consciously addressed during the training workshops.

Stage I: List of Trainings

 #
Date
Name
Location
Type
Description
Particip.
1
03.11.04
TTWWSI/ Elan
Kolkata
Urban
Youth Group
9
2
05.11.04
Lutheran World Service (Talbagan)
N24P
Slum
Youth Group
28
3
06.11.04
Wigan & Leigh
Kolkata
Urban
College
25
4
08.11.04
Lutheran World Service (Rajarhat)
N24P
Slum
Youth Group
33
5
18.11.04
Vidyasagar School of Social Work
Kolkata
Urban
College
55
6
19.11.04
St. Thomas College of Engg. & Tech.
Kolkata
Urban
College
58
7
23.11.04
Baruipur College
S24P
Rural
College
44
8
24.11.04
Jadavpur University
Kolkata
Urban
College
57
9
25.11.04
NCC
S24P
Rural
Youth Group
48
10
25.11.04
NCC
S24P
Rural
Youth Group
58
11
26.11.04
St Xaviers
Kolkata
Urban
College
44
12
30.11.04
Vocational Training Institute (Moulali)
Kolkata
Peri Urban
Youth Group
21
13
01.12.04
Garden Reach Bangla Basti
Kolkata
Slum
Youth Group
41
14
02.12.04
Maharaja Manindra Chandra
Kolkata
Urban
College
41
15
08.12.04
Narayan Sriti Sangha
S24P
Rural
Youth Group
57
16
09.12.04
College of Nursing
Kolkata
Peri Urban
College
24
17
10.12.04
Surendranath for Women
Kolkata
Urban
College
54
18
14.12.04
Kalighat Milan Sangha
Kolkata
Peri Urban
Youth Group
25
19
15.12.04
Ramnarayanpur Kalika Sangha
S24P
Rural
Youth Group
30
20
16.12.04
Barrackpore College
N24P
Peri Urban
College
112
21
17.12.04
NUJS
Kolkata
Urban
College
28
22
18.12.04
Ankur
Kolkata
Slum
Youth Group
34
23
18.12.04
Kolkata University: Gulnaz's group
Kolkata
Urban
Youth Group
12
24
20.12.04
Mayurbhanj Joint Citizen Centre
Kolkata
Slum
Youth Group
31
25
21.12.04
Presidency
Kolkata
Urban
NSS College
73
26
22.12.04
Moulana Azad
Kolkata
Urban
NSS College
59
27
23.12.04
Theatrecian
Kolkata
Urban
Youth Group
13
28
29.12.04
Bengal Social Service League(Rajabazar)
Kolkata
Slum
Youth Group
38
29
30.12.04
Rishi Bankim Chandra College Naihati
N24P
Peri Urban
College
44
30
4.01.05
Youth for Development (Kanchrapara)
N24P
Rural
Youth Group
30
31
6.01.05
Ramananda Centenary College
Purulia
Rural
College
47
32
7.01.05
Maharani Kashiswari
Kolkata
Urban
College
40
33
13.01.05
NCC
Kolkata
Rural
Youth Group
64
34
14.01.05
Bijoy Kumar Girls
Howrah
Peri Urban
College
35
Total
1412

Stage III: List of Youth Initiatives

Date
Group Name
Venue
Type of Event
Target Group
Size
01.12.04
W&L
Wigan & Leigh College
Interactive Workshop
College Students
26
01.12.04
VSS Aastha
Nandan
Cultural Programme
General Public
25
10.12.04
TTWWSI/Elan
Shahid Minar
Stall
General Public
150 
21.12.04
JISC
Hardayal School, Belghoria
Interactive Workshop
School students
117
14.01.05
NCC Tamluk
New Alipore Camp
Interactive Workshop
NCC Cadets
54
19.01.05
JISC
Durbar Mahila Samanvay Office
Interactive Workshop
Sex workers
25
25.01.05
JISC
Durganagar Sporting Club
Interactive Workshop
General Public
22
26.01.05
The Saviours: JU
Big Bazaar, Hiland Park
Song, Street Play, Street Quiz, Condom Distribution
General Public
75
29.01.05
W&L
EZCC, Salt Lake
Stage Play (Interactive)
College students
75
01.02.05
JISC
Nandan Nagar Balika Vidyalay, Belghoria
Interactive Workshop
School students
74
06.02.05
MJCC
Adarsh Hindi High School, Mominpore
Interactive Workshop
Religious Leaders
40
07.02.05
YFD
Gokupur Adarsha Vidya pith,Nadia Dist.
Interactive Workshop
School students
130
08.02.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Ramnarayanpur Sangha, Lakhikantapur
Interactive Workshop, Street Play, Tarja Song
Young People/ General Public
195
08.02.05
Aid for AIDS JU
JU Campus/ nearby areas
Street Quiz
College Students/ General Public
200
09.02.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Ramnarayanpur Purba Pada
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
135
09.02.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Akhraberia School Ground, Lakhikantapur
Magic game, Street Play, Tarja Song
General Public
130
09.02.05
Aid for AIDS JU
Jadavpur Campus inc. staff quarters
Street Quiz
College Students/ General Public
148
13.02.05
YFD
Familia Home, Kalyani, Nadia Dist.
Interactive Workshop
Young People
52
14.02.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Ramchandrapur market
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
275
14.02.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Siddeshwarpur gram (on request)
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
130
14.02.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Nilambarpur
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
110
14.02.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Kashipur Sardarpara
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
150
14.02.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Brindabanpur
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
135
14.02.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Chandpur gram (on request, on stage)
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
275
14.02.05
Aid for AIDS JU
Jadavpur University Film Studies Dept.
Film Screening/Debate
College Students
40
14.02.05
The Saviours: JU
Dhakhinapan Shopping Complex, Dhakuria
Street Play, Street Quiz, Condom Distribution
General Public
60
16.02.05
YFD
Gayeshpur Netaji Bidyamandir, Nadia Dist.
Interactive Workshop
School Students/Staff
33
18.02.05
Pratyay
Sanskrit college, College Street
Interactive Workshop
College Students
41
19.02.05
Barrackpore College
School
Interactive Workshop
School students
60
19.02.05
LWS Talbagan
Belghoria station
Leaflet distribution
General Public
400
19.02.05
Pratyay
Presidency College
Film Screening, Interactive Session
College Students
18
20.02.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Dhopat School ground
Magic game, Street Play, Tarja Song
General Public
120
20.02.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Krishnapur
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
100
20.02.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Ramnarayanpur Muslim Pada
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
160
20.02.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Ghateswar market
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
120
21.02.05
JISC
Sanat Roy Chowdhury Institution, Tangra
Interactive Workshop
School Students
47
22.02.05
Baruipur College
Mohanpur KKGC Institution, 24 Pgs S
Interactive Workshop
School Students
59
23.02.05
JISC
Baidyanath Ins. For Boys, Dum Dum Cant.
Interactive Workshop
School Students
80
23.02.05
Bijoy Kr. Girls
Market adjacent to college
Survey and Leaflet Distribution
General Public
75
25.02.05
SCW
Sealdah station, Sisir market
Leaflet distribution
General Public
350
25.02.05
MJCC: Kabitirtha
Mela, Hussain Shah Park, Mominpore
Stall, Film Screening
General Public
40
25.02.05
Aid for AIDS JU
Jadavpur University Campus, Fest
Condom De-sensitisation event / competition
College Students
60
26.02.05
Naihati College
Naihati College
Stage Play, Magic game during science show
College Students
100
26.02.05
LWS Talbagan
Dum Dum station and market place
Leaflet distribution
General Public
500
27.02.05
St. Xaviers NSS
Adopted Village (Paikhala)
Street Play
General Public
85
27.02.05
LWS Rajarhat
Manoranjan Rai Pally / Rajarhat
Film screening on cable, rally, leaflet dist.
General Public
600
27.02.05
Baruipur College
Youth Club, Sasan, 24 Pgs. S
Film Screening and Interactive Session
General Public (muslim men)
40
02.03.05
Pratyay
Bethune College
Interactive Workshop
College Students
90
02.03.05
YFD
Jonepur Boys High School
Interactive Workshop
School Students
150
03.03.05
Barrackpore College
Barrackpore Govt Boys School
Interactive Workshop
School Students
55
03.03.05
Barrackpore College
Manmatha Balika Vidyalay
Interactive Workshop
School Students
115
04.03.05
Baruipur College
Baruipur College
Interactive Workshop
College Students
35
05.03.05
The Saviours: JU
Kidderpore
Street Play, Street Quiz, Condom Distribution
General Public
150
05.03.05
College of Nursing
College of Nursing/SSKM campus
Leaflet distribution
General Public
500
06.03.05
St. Xaviers NSS
Outside Esplanade metro station
Street Play
General Public
200
06.03.05
St. Xaviers NSS
Outside Park Street metro station
Street Play
General Public
75
06.03.05
St. Xaviers NSS
Outside Maidan metro station
Street Play
General Public
75
06.03.05
St. Xaviers NSS
Outside Rabindra Sadan metro station
Street Play
General Public
100
06.03.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Biddadharpur gram
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
100
06.03.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Anchna gram
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
60
06.03.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Lakhikantapur gram
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
80
06.03.05
Ramnarayanpur KS
Bijoygunge Bazaar
Magic game, Street Play
General Public
300
06.03.05
YFD
Kanpur Ambedkar Janakalyan, Nadia Dist.
Film Screening and Interactive Session
General Public
20
08.03.05
Baruipur College
Marketplace, Shops, Baruipur
Leaflet distribution
General Public
300
08.03.05
Ankur
Ankur office
Film Screening and Interactive Session
General Public (Women)
81
09.03.05
Naihati College
Naihati College
Quiz Competition
College Students
30
09.03.05
Barrackpore College
Barrackpore College
Interactive Workshop and Film Screening
College Students
120
10.03.05
St. Xaviers NSS
St. Xaviers College
Interactive Workshop, Street Play
College Students
60
10.03.05
Naihati College
Naihati College
Poster Competition
College Students
10
10.03.05
College of Nursing
Jadubabu Bazaar, Bhawanipur
Leaflet Distribution
General Public
400
10.03.05
Baruipur College
Sonarpur station
Leaflet Distribution
General Public
400
11.03.05
Baruipur College
Kalyanpur gram
Leaflet Distribution
General Public
100
11.03.05
Naihati College
Naihati College
Stage play, Film Screening
College Students
65
11.03.05
St. Thomas  College
St. Thomas Engineering College
AV presentation, baseline evaluation
College Students
156
12.03.05
LWS Talbagan
Slum on railway tracks, Dum Dum Cant
Candlelight Rally and leaflet distribution
General Public
100
12.03.05
Pratyay
St. Paul's College
Interactive Workshop
College Students
41
13.03.05
Baruipur College
Youth Club, Baruipur
Magic Game and Interactive Session
Young People
40
14.03.05
Maharani Kashiswari
Maharani Kashiswari College
Film Screening and Interactive Session
College Students
65
15.03.05
SCW
Surendranath College
Leaflet distribution
College Students
100
15.03.05
Barrackpore College
Barrackpore station, bus /auto /train stand
Leaflet distribution
General Public
900
15.03.05
YFD
Gokulpur Khaldhar Janakalyan Sangha
Interactive Workshop and Film Screening
Young People
35
15.03.05
YFD
Sibham Sanchay Samity (NGO)
Interactive Workshop and Film Screening
Young People
20
 Total Coverage
11009

Stories From the Field

brief descriptive reports with observations and insights on youth events; written by the members of the evaluation team.

 
Stories From the Field
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