Azafady, an award-winning British registered charity partnered with an independent Malagasy NGO, has been blogging for us over the past few months as part of the Freddie For A Day Affiliated Charities initiative. Their blog charts the progress of their project Safidy.
Azafady took place in the Freddie For A Day celebrations last year, putting on AIDS awareness activities in Fort Dauphin. To celebrate Freddie for a Day they had a Freddie FLASH mob in their field office in Madagascar – with painted red moustaches and FLASH t-shirts. The FLASH letters were embroidered on to white t-shirts by women who have been involved in Project TEZA, Azafady’s maternal health / HIV prevention project.
Founded in 1994, Azafady work on a wide range of projects both within the town of Fort Dauphin and with numerous rural communities across the Anosy region, in southeast Madagascar.
In January 2012, Azafady received a grant from the Mercury Phoenix Trust to work with some of the most vulnerable people in Madagascar on a reproductive health training programme that will support more than 800 young people to make safe, informed decisions about their future health and that of their families.
It is not the first time Azafady and the Mercury Phoenix have worked together – back in 2006, the MPT supported Azafady to run a small-scale programme that was the stepping stone for a major three-year HIV prevention and awareness raising project that reached over 40,000 people across the coastal town of Fort Dauphin, with great success. Now, through Project Safidy, the MPT and Azafady are working together again to support young people in Fort Dauphin through critical decisions that will affect the rest of their lives.
Project Safidy is based at the town’s one non fee paying high school, and is training students to become peer educators in the areas of relationship negotiation, safe sexual and reproductive health, family planning, and STI and HIV prevention. Safidy will run for one year, and will support the students to run their own Anti-SIDA (AIDS prevention) club, raising awareness across the school and training future peer educators to continue the good work of Safidy.
Project Safidy is particularly special as whilst it gives students information and teaches them about reproductive health, it also takes into account the daily realities in which sexual relationships are created and gives young people the skills and capacity to put their knowledge into practice.
Every month Azafady will be sharing experiences and on the ground insight in their Charity Blog
, where you can follow the fascinating progress of Project Safidy.