The Road Construction Company (RCC) in conjunction with the China Henan International Co-operation Group (CHICO) held an Aids awareness campaign for its employees and school children in Mpungu Vlei, Kavango Region late last week.
The campaign was held to sensitise the community in HIV/Aids-related issues including irresponsible sexual behaviour.
The joint venture between RCC and CHICO has established a construction camp in the Mpungu settlement area where the employees working on the project will be based during the road construction period.
Corporate communication officer at RCC, Daylight Manema said, “The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness about the spread of HIV/Aids, irresponsible sexual behaviour and unwanted pregnancies amongst the project construction workers as well as at the school learners in the Mpungu Vlei area.”
She further said that, “There are two schools located in this area; each with approximately 490 learners and as a preventative measure, the contractor has a responsibility to educate both the construction workers and the community where the project is located on how to protect themselves from the spread of HIV/Aids.”
The RCC Wellness Co-ordinator, Gebhard Timotheus said, “As responsible corporate citizens, not only do have the responsibility to ensure that we add value to national developmental projects but we also have the responsibility to ensure that the community in which we operate receives information on how to act responsibly.”
According to Namene, “the campaign was a resounding success as the participants said they gained so much insight on facts about HIV/Aids-related issues and teenage pregnancies and will ensure that they stay away from irresponsible behaviour,” adding that: “The campaign was very interactive as there were discussions held between the learners and the construction workers after each performance to ensure they understood the messages clearly.”
The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation Trust (OYO) Dance Troupe provided some insightful and educative performances to those in attendance on HIV transmission, the use of condoms/femidoms, HIV testing and teenage pregnancy.