KIDA drama programme, using drama to promote food security, using drama to promote sanitation and hygiene, using drama to fight HIV/AIDS, Using drama to deliver development services

KIDA HIV AIDS Prevention program

Programs to teach HIV prevention include:

Live drama shows with dancing and music:

•    Drama/dance troupe rehearses twice weekly, some are HIV positive. KIDA started this activity in 2000.

•    Live shows are given twice monthly in schools, trading centers, churches, mosques by traveling troupe.

•    Venues for shows expand out into 3 subcounties of Kabarole District.

Radio shows, sale of cassette tapes:

•    Cassette album of songs with HIV prevention lyrics in Ritooro was produced to be sold in shops.

•    KIDA’s drama group educates the community on HIV/AIDS prevention with monthly programs on Voice of Tooro radio station.

KIDA drama members performing at Rweihamba trading center

Most of the people who live in the rural foothills of the Ruwenzori Mountains in Uganda are poor and illiterate.  Without some kind of community outreach, they would have no way of knowing that HIV is a virus and that HIV infection and AIDS can be prevented.  Rev. Ezra Musobozi, while serving as an Anglican priest at St. Peter’s Church in Iruhuura in the late 1990’s, found more and more people dying of AIDS, widows becoming sick and destitute and children infected at birth.  He and his wife wanted to do something about this tragedy so they formed a traveling drama group to teach about AIDS in 2000.  Over the years, this group has reached semi-professional status and is doing an effective job of communicating behavior change messages. They use music, dance, and drama coupled with didactic teaching.  They take their show out into three rural subcounty communities around Fort Portal.  Hundreds of people flock to these shows.

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Rev. Ezra and Marjorie Musobozi, Founders of KIDA

In July 1998, my wife and I purchased a piece of land in Nyanswiga, a small village located in Ruteete sub-county. The community we came to was as welcoming and friendly as any, but a decade and a half of the AIDS epidemic had devastated the families that lived there.

The disease had taken parents away from children, friends away from friends, and husbands and wives away from each other. But more than anything else, it was robbing people of their fundamental right to live.

Poverty had also gripped this community like it had so many others around the country. Parents could not afford to provide nutritious food for their children, let alone afford to send them to school. Lack of access to a clean water source meant that even taking a drink of water could end in sickness and death. The people were drowning in a sea of poverty and disease without the tools—like education, medicine, and skills—they needed to save themselves.

A call to make a difference

As my family celebrated Christmas later that year my hands were busy preparing for the celebration, but my heart was preoccupied with a call to make a difference. I did not know how to get there or even where to begin, but I could envision a community that was healthy, prosperous and happy. With little more than that vision, I sought out help from the community…click page 2 below

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