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My three secondary school project co-directors have been beyond impressive in the last few weeks leading up to the final concert which was scheduled for this evening (31 October 2009).  The girls have been able to secure our venue, get six bands committed, acquire various decorations and educational materials, distribute announcements throughout the city, and even get the attention of local forms of mass media.

I had a three day COS (Conclusion of Service) conference last week in Slavske, but with the speed of travel in Ukraine the conference took a week of my time with transportation included.  My time as a Peace Corps volunteer is coming to a close.  The timing of the conference of course was a bit of an obstacle.  Prior to leaving I left the ladies with some important tasks which must be completed during my short leave.  They got everything finished and continued working with their own ideas.  Beautiful!  The project is coming together.

Sadly, a new obstacle has appeared.  There was a death from H1N1 in Ukraine yesterday.  As a result, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has declared this a national emergency, has closed schools and has banned all public events.  This HIV/AIDS project is a public event.  It has been cancelled and there has been no date provided as to when it can be rescheduled.  I only hope it can be before my departure.  After watching their performance, I know that Sonia, Dasha and Anna will be able to run the project without me now, but I still have a grant to close.  Oye, we’re meeting this evening to discuss how to reschedule.  The concert will go on!!!

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PEPFAR Training

Yaroslav leading the HIV/AIDS teaching seminar

Yaroslav leading the HIV/AIDS teaching seminar

Yesterday (11 October 2009) we had a PEPFAR HIV/AIDS training seminar at my school.  This training seminar is a major point of the first stage of our project: education.  To my pleasure there were twenty five teachers from more than fifteen schools present at the training seminar which lasted about five hours. (more…)

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I have organized an HIV/AIDS project with the main aims of spreading awareness of the global issue in Kramatorsk.  I have recruited three wonderful secondary school students to co-direct the project with me.  Sonia, Dasha and Anna are all eleventh graders who attended Camp HEAL in August 2009.  There they learned much about HIV/AIDS, human trafficking and some other world issues.  They wanted to bring this knowledge to their home town. (more…)

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