Our main programme is the AJAN HIV and AIDS Prevention Program (AHAPPY) which designed to empower the youth with knowledge about HIV and AIDS in Africa. It is aimed at reducing vulnerability and contraction of HIV by the youth. Through it, AJAN works to promote their growth holistically for the achievement of their fullest potential. It helps them avert the devastation caused by HIV and AIDS in Africa by bringing them aboard as accomplished soldiers in the fight against the scourge. Encouraging youth to get tested for HIV enables them to know their status but the programme also seeks to strengthen them take responsibility of their own lives through informed decisions such as sexual abstinence and use of ARV drugs for those who may be already infected besides being agents of positive change.
Our primary target group to which we administer Training of Learners course (ToL) is young people aged 10 to 24, divided into three main groups:
- Ages 10 to 14,
- Ages 15 to 19,
- Ages 20 to 24.
We have a secondary target group who are the adults who interact with young people: teachers, parents, and other community members. These are trained to be Trainers in our Training of Trainers (ToT) Programme.
AHAPPY is a regional programme to be implemented in sub-Saharan Africa within eight Jesuit provinces of Africa. The major sites are all Jesuit educational institutions and HIV/AIDS projects. Currently the provinces are; Central Africa ACE (Kisangani, Kikwit), East Africa AOR (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South- Sudan), Madagascar (Madagascar), Zimbabwe-Mozambique ZIM (Zimbabwe), North-West Africa ANW (Liberia), Rwanda-Burundi RWB (Burundi and Rwanda), West Africa AOC (Togo, Chad, Central African Republic, Benin, Burkina Faso)
AHAPPY consists of five major components:
- Training and courses (lessons),
- Capacity-building workshops (life skills and values) and peer education,
- Youth Against AIDS clubs,
- Activities attractive to youth (camps, contests, plays, sports, etc.),
- Research on youth behavior and evaluation/monitoring.
Other key interventions include recollections or retreats, conferences and parents-children bridge workshop