MTV Staying Alive|23.07.2012|Feature News
Staying Alive Foundation Grantees pick up prestigious Red Ribbon Award

We are so proud to announce that two Staying Alive Foundation Grantees have been presented the prestigious Red Ribbon Award at the International AIDS Conference (IAC) conference in Washington today.

Presented by Hilary Clinton earlier today, The Help from Burma and GYCA Egypt were awarded one of UNAID’s highest of accolades, recognising their outstanding community leadership and action on the AIDS epidemic.

Representing The Help, Program Manager for Thet Mon Phyo and Project Leader Salma Zaki Hassan from GYCA Egypt, were among eight other selected community organisations to receive the award, which includes a US$10,000 grant plus an invitation to attend a special session at the IAC devoted to the Red Ribbon Award winners.

We are over the moon with this as it provides us with clear evidence that the grants that we give out as part of The Staying Alive Foundation are making a positive impact on local communities around the world.

Here’s a little more about the The Help (Burma) and GYCA (Egypt):

Supported by the MTV Staying Alive Foundation since 2008, The Help, a grassroots organization from Burma, focuses on supporting young gay men and transsexuals who have tested negative for HIV, and is dedicated to reducing stigma and discrimination against gay men in their communities.  The project features workshops and awareness meetings with government leaders, and distributes sexual health-specific educational materials and condoms to the general public.

GYCA Egypt received their first grant from the Foundation in June 2010, and provides knowledge on HIV/AIDS to thousands of young women from slum areas in Egypt, and motivates them to educate – peer-to-peer – on high risk practices susceptible to HIV infection.  Such practices include high fertility rates, sexual violence and underage marriage.  To date, GYCA Egypt has designed a website in Arabic aimed at young women, a peer education manual also in the local language, and public events in parks where testing services are made available.

Well done The Help and GYCA Egypt!

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