Each year, our Community Health Facilitators and Teaching Partners work passionately during the course of our program in Tanzania to deliver a day of joy, laughter, and awareness. They work pamoja (“together”) with village officials and school headmasters to create a space for anyone to take action in community health. They collaborate with incredible community members to play games, put on HIV stigma plays, hear people's stories, and encourage HIV testing. Community Day represents love, acceptance, joy, and a new future for people to act on that which is of importance to their health and quality of life. Hundreds of people come to Akeri field to join hands with us and teach us what it looks like to stand together and push for community health.
The 5th Annual Night of HEALing is our annual fundraising event to empower and enable the work of HEAL in our community. We are committed that you will be powerfully connected to the love and community that we are as an organization, within in our communities and for those whom we serve. We, including and especially you, are the source of love and community for humanity!
The work of HEAL International is based on the principle that every human life has equal value, irrespective of socioeconomic status. Adults and children living in areas that lack essential health services bear a disproportionate burden of disease and health complications and have been shown to have a shorter life expectancy than people living in communities that have access to basic health services and health education. Moreover, medical infrastructure and economics are intimately linked. Poor health conditions and infrastructure in resource-limited communities can have a dramatic effect on local economies.
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AIDS Walk Arizona & Fun Run is the largest gathering in Arizona to advance the cause of HIV & AIDS funding and awareness. Occurring on the 4th Sunday in October in downtown Phoenix, the event elevates awareness and raises funds through an educational and fun community-wide event. It is the flagship event of the central Arizona HIV/AIDS community, catalyzing awareness, education, and support. All proceeds are returned to Aunt Rita's member agencies to support the vital services they provide. Walkers and Runners in this event can register as an individual, form a team, or donate to walkers and runners to help them reach their fundraising goal. All participants will enjoy the entertainment featured at the event and the AIDS Walk Health and Wellness Festival. #stepupandbecounted
Paint for Peace is a peaceful, positive event hosted by HEAL International at Arizona State University. Paint for Peace creates a space to express hope for the future of HIV/AIDS. We aim to inspire, educate, empower, and offer hope for all those infected, affected, and at risk. Canvas and paint are provided for you and your friends for FREE! We only ask that you include a red ribbon anywhere in your painting in honor of those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
We will be hosting many local public health and sexual health organizations from around the valley and from ASU. These organizations will be present to provide information about HIV, STIs, and other important topics. We will also have FREE TESTING. Come join us on Hayden Lawn for a fun and peaceful way to promote HIV/AIDS awareness while also fighting to reduce stigma. We hope to see you there!