HOPE 2 EDUCATE RECEIVES PEPFAR AWARD
By: Khethukuthula Lembethe
Local NGO Hope 2 Educate has received the PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) award for the power of partnerships.
The PEPFAR organization is the U.S. Government’s initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally, and PEPFAR investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases across the global health spectrum.
PEPFAR is driven by a shared responsibility among donor and partner nations and others to make smart investments to save lives. Hope 2 Educate is a nonprofit organisation providing lifestyle and HIV/AIDS education through its peer education program into four schools in the Cato Manor area.
It’s vision is to see a generation of young African leaders confronting the root issues of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, by uplifting their communities and providing vision, purpose and hope to present and future generations.
Hope 2 Educate has been around for five years and they have changed many young people’s lives. The PEPFAR award is just one of many recognitions for the organisation’s great work. “Hard work has paid off, thanks to the American government,” said H2E CEO director Siyabonga Nzimande.
Learners that have been part of the program become behaviour changers in their communities and promote healthier lifestyles especially when it comes to drug use, teenage pregnancy and dropping out of school.