The World AIDS Day Essay Contest (WADEC) was conceived of by one of HAZ’s young volunteers, as a response to the World AIDS Campaign‘s call for young people to “Take the lead, Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise”.
The first installation of the HAZ WORLD AIDS DAY STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST (WADEC) was conducted from November 9th to November 26th, 2007. This project has served as a practical example of the HAZ ethos at work. Taking an idea brought forth by one Zimbabwean, HAZ facilitated the collaborative efforts of Zimbabweans worldwide (in Zimbabwe, Canada, the United Kingdom, as well as in the United States), and also brought in our international partners to deliver the concept to a global audience.
WADEC has turned out to be an astonishingly eye-opening experience for us at HAZ, as well as for our partners who participated in this initiative, and we believe that as people across the world read these essays submitted to this contest by young Zimbabweans, they will be equally moved as well. We intend to institute an annual installation of WADEC resuming in 2011.
- Encourage and facilitate the involvement of young people in Zimbabwe, in the country’s HIV/AIDS campaign
- Provide an avenue for Zimbabwe’s young people, to share their views and perspectives on, as well as life experiences in dealing with HIV/AIDS, with the global audience.
- Offer support and guidance to young Zimbabweans as they deal with real-life HIV/AIDS related challenges and experiences.