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Activities 2005

posted May 13, 2012, 12:43 PM by Aspir International


After securing program funding the Director and Program Manager of APSIR handed over the reins of the ASIPR Sierra Leone program to the National staff in March 2005.   2005 proved to be an exciting program year for ASPIR in Sierra Leone.  ASPIR was awarded funding by the Sierra Leone National AIDS Secretariat (NAS), who receives direct funding from the World Bank, to implement two 6-month sessions of a Reproductive Health Literacy (RHL) Program.  The RHL program kicked off in the war torn diamond mining town of Kono in the North Eastern Province of Sierra Leone.  The two 6-month sessions employ 5 teachers, 2 supervisors, and 1 program coordinator. The teachers and supervisors teach reproductive health knowledge and literacy skills to a total of 1,200 male and female students between the ages of 15 and 55. Classes meet for two hours twice a week for 6 months.  Students are categorized into beginner level literacy and intermediate level literacy.  The teachers and supervisors were trained in RHL by the APSIR Program Manager and worked with the program as refugees in Guinea.  The first session of the RHL program began in May of 2005 and ended in October 2005.  The second session of the program forged ahead in December 2005 despite the delay in NAS funding.   

In June 2005 course materials for the ASPIR RHL program were revised by the ASPIR Program Manager before printing and implementation of the program.  ASPIR also revised RHL curriculum for implementation of the RHL program with in the Sierra Leonean HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention Program in July 2005.  ASPIR RHL teachers in conjunction with the ASPIR Program Manager trained teachers for the Sierra Leonean Military RHL program for two weeks in July 2005.  

ASPIR Director and Program Manager began meeting with Lutheran Social Services based in New Hampshire in the winter of 2005 to investigate possible intervention activities with relocated African refugees with in New Hampshire.  So far no commitments have been made but discussion has continued to be open.  

ASPIR head quarters in New Hampshire collected and donated five bags of used clothing, (primarily winter clothes), to relocated African refugees throughout New Hampshire via African Information Center.