In conjunction with World AIDS Day 2003, Sarawak
FPA carried out a youth camp entitled "Understanding
& Compassion: The Key to Eliminate Stigma &
Discrimination" from 17 - 19 November 2003 at Bako
National Park. This project was sponsored by Malaysian
AIDS Council, with support by Sri Sathya Sai Central
Council of Malaysia.
Objectives of this youth camp were:
This youth camp was designed to nurture the youth
participants to be forces of change in our effort
to eliminate stigma and discrimination against
People Living With HIV/AIDS. When given the opportunity
and proper guidance, young people can be passionate
advocators and vessels for social change through
dissemination of information.
- To train participants to be catalyst for creating
AIDS awareness programmes in their schools.
- To instil the value of abstinence among participants.
- To commit participants to take up the HIV/AIDS
Prevention programmes seriously among their
- To train young people to be peer educators
of compassion for People Living with HIV/AIDS.
- To create dynamic future leaders who will
make a difference in their schools and in society.
This youth camp also served to empower our participants
with the knowledge, skills, self-confidence and
compassion they need to cope with the impact of
HIV/AIDS and those whose lives have been touched
by the pandemic. Our participants were given the
chance to understand the impact, the pain and
discrimination PLWHA is experiencing through composing
songs dedicated to PLWHA and sharing session by
Sister Fu Choon Kee, counsellor for PLWHA from
Sarawak General Hospital.
During this youth camp, participants formed 7
task forces in 7 secondary schools around Kuching
to increase HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and
compassion towards PLWHA among their peers through
monthly discussion in clubs, 10 minutes discussions
sessions before class, exhibition and etc. Sarawak
FPA will continue to monitor and guide these students
in their efforts.