Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Peers Educating Peers about HIV/AIDS

We are helping the high school students prepare posterboards for their presentations to the younger students at their school. In these pictures they are preparing rough drafts of the storyboards they will use. This is an offshoot of the HIV/AIDS Camp we conducted for 120 students from 5 different schools. We plan to reach a larger audience by employing student leaders to spread the word about being free from AIDS. Next school year, these students will visit every student at their high school (grades 7-9). There are over 500,000 people in Thailand that are HIV positive. We feel this is an important project because AIDS is the leading cause of death among young adults in Thailand. Each year, over 20,000 people in Thailand die as a result of this epidemic. Thailand has been very pro-active in fighting this epidemic and Peace Corps supports the efforts of HIV/AIDS education. In addition, medicines are also readily available at a fraction of the cost (compared to the U.S.) due to the efforts of the Thailand government.


At 8:30 PM, Blogger MJ said...

Really amazing work, Bob!

At 11:33 PM, Blogger matt said...

Thats a sad statistic. Good to see you fighting the battle!


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