Lighthouse provides assistance, support, and education to children and young adults in Sub-Saharan Africa affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and strives to bring some joy and fun into their lives.
Many children in Zimbabwe are affected with HIV/AIDS; others have family members with HIV/AIDS or are at high risk of contracting HIV. We address the epidemic through a comprehensive program of prevention and treatment that also deals with poverty, promiscuity, warfare, and lack of education.
Our prevention strategies include counseling and education, risk-reduction workshops, and community awareness events. We recruit and train peer actors and educators, program coordinators, and outreach workers in cities and rural communities to conduct interventions. Our interactive workshops teach young adults about HIV/AIDS, including how it is transmitted and can be prevented, in order to help them avoid behavior that puts them at risk of infection. We also work to better understand the lives and needs of children and youth ages 5 to 24, to understand the circumstances that can lead to inappropriate sexual activities, poor coping skills, and the lack of positive incentives in their lives.
When prevention is not an option, we work with community partners to ensure that children and young adults infected with HIV/AIDS receive health care, educational and vocational training, and supplemental food. We also work to ensure that educational fees are paid, so these children and young adults can attend school. We help young people to discover and use their own vision, skills, and resources to move from abject poverty to abundant living.