Rwanda Student Leadership Trip 2011 ›

Face AIDS International is offering a great opportunity for student members to travel to Rwanda in late December to learn more about the context in which Face AIDS works and how the organization aspires to make a difference.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet Face AIDS Chapter Members in Rwanda, visit members of pinmaking associations, and see the Partners In Health clinics and hospitals. 

It would be great if we could have a Face AIDS member from UConn attend this service-learning trip!  If you are interested, click the link for more information about the trip and how to apply. 

4/13/2011 Meeting

A UConn Face AIDS meeting was held on April 13, 2011 at 7PM at the African American Cultural Center at the UConn Storrs campus Student Union.

The following topics were discussed at the meeting:

-Rent Movie Night. Face AIDS will be hosting a movie night at the Rainbow Center to show Rent.  The event is tomorrow night (Thursday April 14) at 6:30 PM.  This event is FREE and refreshments will be served.

-Tabling.  Face AIDS members will be tabling in the Student Union on Friday, April 15th to sell Face AIDS pins.  We will be at the Student Union from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, so if you want to buy a pin please stop by!  If any Face AIDS members would like to volunteer their time to table, please e-mail faceaidsuconn@gmail.com with your availability on Friday.

-Bake Sale. Face AIDS will be doing a bake sale on April 29th in the Student Union.  We will need members to help table at the bake sale, as well as bake cookies and brownies beforehand.  If you would like to help out in any way, please e-mail faceaidsuconn@gmail.com.

We realize that everyone has been busy lately with the semester wrapping up, but we hope that Face AIDS members can take a break from studying and assignments to attend our end-of-the-semester events.  We hope to see you all soon!

3/23/2011 Meeting

A UConn Face AIDS meeting was held on March 23, 2011 at 7PM at the African American Cultural Center at the UConn Storrs campus Student Union.

The following topics were discussed at the meeting:

- Hoops of Hope T-shirts were distributed for Face AIDS members who attended the Hoops of Hope event in Gampel Pavilion.

- Panda Express Fundraiser.  Face AIDS will be holding a Panda Express fundraiser on Thursday March 24, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  Face AIDS members will be handing out flyers that you may bring to the UConn Panda Express in the Student Union.  If you hand in this flyer when buying your meal, UConn Face AIDS will receive 20% of the purchase.  Find a Face AIDS member for a flyer if you would like Panda Express for lunch or dinner AND help out UConn Face AIDS at the same time! 

- Rent Movie Night.  Face AIDS will be hosting a movie night along with the Rainbow Center to show the movie Rent.  The FREE movie night will be on Thursday April 14th at 6:30 PM at the Rainbow Center Main Room. 

- Fashion Show.  Face AIDS is currently discussing organizing an AIDS awareness fashion show for next semester along with the UConn Fashion Club and Subog.  Details are still in discussion, but get ready and excited to plan this event for next semester! 

- Creative Ideas for Tabling.  We would like to find new and exciting ways to table so that we can have more success with selling pins and gaining donations.  We want to find fun ways to attract people to approach our tables.  An idea discussed at the meeting was to play games at the table, like shooting baskets, etc.  We also discussed the possibility of tabling outside when it gets warmer.  If anyone has any creative and fun ideas, please e-mail faceaidsuconn@gmail.com with your suggestions.

- Gabby introduced us to the new Face AIDS “mascot.”  :)

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3/16/2011 Meeting

A UConn Face AIDS meeting was held on March 16, 2011 at 7PM at the African American Cultural Center at the UConn Storrs campus Student Union.

The following topics were discussed at the meeting:

- Fundraisers: We are working on a few fundraisers to earn money to donate to the Face AIDS organization and also to save for the UConn group in order to more easily organize future events.  So far we are working on a Panda Express fundraiser, a bake sale, and sending out letters to friends and family asking for donations for Face AIDS. 

- Tabling: We will be tabling and selling Face AIDS pins in the Student Union on Friday March 18th from 11AM-1PM and on Tuesday March 22nd from 11AM-2PM.  If anyone is interested in signing up to participate on either day, please e-mail faceaidsuconn@gmail.com with what date and time you will be available to help out.

- Movie Night: We would like to organize a movie night in the African American Cultural Center.  We would watch a film with the theme of HIV/AIDS and have a group discussion about the film and HIV/AIDS afterward.  The ideas that have come up for movies to watch so far have included Rent and Philadelphia.  If anyone knows of any other movies that would be appropriate, please contact us with your ideas at faceaidsuconn@gmail.com  

- "Don’t be a Dum-Dum" Event: This event would involve passing out Dum Dum lollipops outside of the Student Union on Fairfield Way to people walking around campus.  The lollipops would include tags with facts and statistics about HIV/AIDS and would promote safe sex with a catch phrase of "Don’t be a dum-dum. Practice safe sex."  The tags would also include contact information about UConn Face AIDS so that anyone who is interested in getting involved with our organization can easily do so.  This event would be planned sometime when beautiful, warm spring weather arrives since we will be spending an afternoon outside.   

A video of UConn Face AIDS members at the Hoops of Hope fundraiser on Saturday, February 26th, 2011.  The video was shot by UConn Face AIDS member, Gabi.  Thanks again, Gabi!

Face AIDS at Hoops of Hope!

UConn Face AIDS attended the Hoops of Hope fundraiser at Gampel Pavilion on February 26th, 2011.  Hoops of Hope is an Arizona-based non-profit organization with a vision to raise money for children in Africa orphaned by AIDS.  The event gathers people to shoot free throws in order to raise money for this cause.  Face AIDS set up a table at the event to sell Face AIDS pins and teach the fundraiser participants about HIV/AIDS and the Face AIDS organization.  Some Face AIDS members also volunteered to help collect the fundraiser donations for Hoops of Hope.  We had a great turnout of new members helping out and it was a very fun and productive afternoon. 

The Founding Story of Face AIDS

Face AIDS was founded in 2005 by three Stanford University students—Jonny, Katie, and Lauren—who were working in a refugee camp in Zambia.  While there, they met Mama Katele, a grandmother living with AIDS.

In a community of over 20,000 refugees, Mama Katele was the only person willing to speak openly about her HIV+ status, and she told Jonny, Katie, and Lauren about the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS on her community. An inspiring leader and advocate for the rights of those affected by HIV, Mama Katele died shortly after the three students met her, having never received a single dose of anti-retroviral treatment.

Through Mama Katele, the students realized how little their generation knew about the human costs of the pandemic. Determined to make a difference, the students developed a plan in which individuals affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa could gain life-changing income by making beaded AIDS awareness pins. The pins, in turn, would help launch a broad-based movement to mobilize, educate, and inspire young people to turn the tide against the AIDS pandemic and fight for global health equity and social justice.

In the first two years, FACE AIDS worked with HIV+ individuals living in two refugee camps and neighboring communities in rural Zambia. These individuals used their income from making the beaded AIDS pins to establish sustainable local businesses. FACE AIDS also grew its operations to include community sensitizations, a voluntary counseling and testing center, and an HIV education through sports program.

In 2007, Partners In Health, one of the world’s premier social justice and health care organizations, invited FACE AIDS to expand our operations beyond Zambia and join them at their new site in Rwanda. FACE AIDS now works in poor, rural communities in Rwanda’s Eastern Province, focusing on HIV-affected youth. Our programs address the factors that make young people vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and poor health outcomes more broadly. Specifically, we provide youth with a social support network, empower them through income-generating activities and youth-led savings and credit cooperatives, and encourage them to become leaders in the health and development of their communities.

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2/23/2011 Meeting

A UConn Face AIDS meeting was held on February 23, 2011 at 7PM at the African American Cultural Center at the UConn Storrs campus Student Union.

The following topics were discussed at the meeting:

- Hoops of Hope.  UConn FaceAIDS is going to be involved in the Hoops of Hope fundraiser at Gampel Pavilion at the UConn campus in Storrs on Saturday, February 26 from 3-7 PM.  Hoops of Hope is an Arizona-based non-profit organization with a vision to raise money for children in Africa orphaned by AIDS.  The event gathers people to shoot free throws in order to raise money for this cause.  The members of Face AIDS will be there to educate the people attending the fundraiser about HIV/AIDS and the Face AIDS organization through posters, a powerpoint slideshow, and handing out fliers.  We will also be selling Face AIDS pins to raise money for people effected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.  If any members are interested in helping out during the event, please e-mail faceaidsuconn@gmail.com with what times you would be available to volunteer. 

- Discussed the possibility of putting on an HIV/AIDS awareness fashion show.  Currently, we are trying to think of other UConn clubs that may want to help us organize such an event, like the Fashion Club, Cultural Centers, etc.  Ideas that were thrown around during the meeting were having an all red fashion theme or incorporating traditional African cultural clothing.  If members have any ideas or suggestions, please e-mail faceaidsuconn@gmail.com or bring it up at the next meeting!

- Previewed an informational slideshow about HIV/AIDS made by Face AIDS member, Gabby.  Great job, Gabby!  Thanks for all the hard work and effort!

The next Face AIDS meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7 PM in the African American Cultural Center.  Hope to see you there!

UConn Face AIDS tabling: Valentine’s Day Edition!

This past Valentine’s Day, some Face AIDS members spent the afternoon tabling at the UConn Student Union.  We sold Face AIDS pins as well as passed out Valentine’s Day cards and free candy.  The Valentine’s cards had messages written on them to encourage students to get tested for HIV.  Valentine’s Day is all about love.  Show your love by making sure you and and your loved ones are healthy! 

Here are the Valentine’s cards we shared with the UConn community:

To make an appointment for HIV testing at UConn Student Health Services, call 486-2719 and tell the receptionist that you are interested in getting an HIV antibody test.

Hope everyone had a happy and healthy Valentine’s Day! 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Be sure to visit the Face AIDS table in the Student Union on Valentine’s Day to learn more about how you can help fight AIDS in Africa and receive a Valentine’s Day card and candy!  Stop by anytime from 11:00 AM-1:30 PM.