As the AJAN
network undertakes to educate and empower African youth to remain free of HIV/AIDS
and to make use of the gift of life to live purposefully, it is inspired by the
gospel of John: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”
(John 10:10). One of its programmes, AJAN HIV and AIDS Prevention Programme for
Youth, “AHAPPY,” is aimed at reducing vulnerability and contraction of HIV by
youth between the ages 10 and 24. Through it, AJAN works to promote the
holistic development and achievement of a young person’s fullest potential
through cura personalis.
After prayer and introductions, trainer Steve
Arodi begins to engage students. “How many want to share their life dreams with
us?” Many hands shoot up with students expressing their admiration and desire
to pursue such careers as aviation, engineering, and health, among others.
“What can stand in the way of your dreams?” he probes further. “Ball,” says a
boy, and the rest of students break out in laughter as the word used in slang
refers to pregnancy. Many other threats to the realization of dreams are
mentioned, as are HIV and AIDS, leading to a discussion about the causes, the
spread, symptoms, implications of contracting the disease, prevention, and
treatment of the disease. However, besides giving information about prevention
of HIV, the trainer reminds the students that it is possible for an infected
person to live a victorious life.