14 February 2009
RTP (Benin) - Updates from July to December 2008


From July to December 2008, RTP reached 22,700 children and youth of which 45% were females, in Kpomasse Refugee Camp and the surrounding communities (Tori, Allada, Abomey, Calavi, Ze and Ouidah) with the active involvement and support of 533 coaches, teachers and coach trainers.


Special events, sport and play festivals and sensitization meetings were organized. Children with disabilities and secondary school youth participated in activities focused on the promotion of HIV and AIDS preventative education and child rights awareness. These mobilisation activities increased participants' knowledge of HIV and AIDS and sensitized them to the principles of inclusion in their communities.


Although reputed to be resistant to change, the involvement of traditional religious leaders in RTP activities had significant results. RTP secured the support of the leaders in advocacy efforts for the inclusion of females and vulnerable children in sport and play activities.


World AIDS Day (December 1, 2008) was commemorated through a sport and play festival focused on the stigmatisation of persons living with HIV and AIDS. Additionally, a RBCP (Red Ball Child Play) Play Day was organized to raise awareness on the link between sport and holistic child development.

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