WAIT is an HIV/AIDS awareness/peer education project, in which WAIT members seek to be role models for other young people.
The WAIT teams use the mediums of theatre, dance, break dance, music and public speaking. WAIT conveys a message of saving lives through being informed about how to be responsible for oneself and others in relationships.
Since 2007, IRFF has partnered with WAIT UK, a registered charity, in several African countries, in reaching out to youth, teaching about HIV/AIDS and other STIs, showing the benefits of waiting until marriage/life-long partnerships, whilst using the Performing Arts to get the message across and help young people develop their talents.
IRFF and WAIT have worked in Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Kenya. Activities carried out include:
- Performing in high schools – developing young people’s talents and saving lives through teaching prevention
- Teaching programs at the Police Academy, Masindi, Uganda.
- Mobile Medical Project (removal of jiggers) and talks about HIV/AIDS prevention
- Volunteering in agricultural, hygiene education and improving living standards projects
- Girl-Child Project – supporting vulnerable adolescent girls; providing sanitary pads
- Regular Leadership Training workshops
With formal requests from the Ministry of Health in Masaka, Kampala and Jinja regions in Uganda, we have reached out to 30 schools, with the goal of setting up 100 WAIT Clubs in each region. We are aiming to get the headteachers and staff on board to adopt WAIT as the ethos of the school, as has happened in Africana High School in Kibere and Karen South School in Nairobi, Kenya.
We have run a very successful pilot project in Uganda which has seen a definite reduction in the rate of infection of HIV/AIDS due to the activities WAIT and IRFF have run. We therefore plan to duplicate this projects in other African countries where the AIDS epidemic is rife.