NEW YORK – As AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI) continues to grow as an organization, so does our list of supporters. This month, we are thrilled to add to that list the Coca-Cola Foundation, who has awarded us a major grant to further develop our existing programs. Specifically, this grant funding will go towards the ¿Cuánto Sabes de VIH y Sida? (How Much Do You Know About HIV and AIDS?) Program.
¿Cuánto Sabes? is an HIV primary prevention effort that targets teenagers across the developing nations of Latin America and the Caribbean. Based on a peer-as-educator model, the program provides young people with the tools and information needed to become leaders and agents of change in their communities. Currently operating in Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Venezuela, ¿Cuánto Sabes? represents a fresh and highly effective approach to reach thousands of adolescents with messages to help prevent the spread of HIV and other STIs. Since its inception, the program has reached approximately 100,000 Latin American youth per year, several of whom have been trained to become peer educators in their schools and communities. The Coca-Cola grant is specifically geared towards increasing the number of peer educators in schools within each country where the ¿Cuánto Sabes? Program currently operates.
Coca-Cola joins a long list of past supporters of the ¿Cuánto Sabes? Program, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the MAC AIDS Fund. With the help of this generous contribution from Coca-Cola, ¿Cuánto Sabes? will continue to build off of its past success and expand its reach even further in the future. Thank you Coca-Cola for becoming a part of the AFAI family and supporting the life-saving work we do!