The Shanti Uganda Society is thrilled to be participating in the world renowned Life Ball held annually in Vienna, Austria on May 25th, and honoured to be recognized for our efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
With an aim to help affected people in an extraordinary way and to fight the stigma of HIV/AIDS in our society, the Life Ball is one of the world’s largest AIDS charity events. Life Ball is an exuberant festivity that year after year celebrates life and makes a loud and resounding statement in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Since 2005 AIDS LIFE has annually awarded an organization for outstanding projects in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The award – a special sculpture in the shape of the Red Ribbon embellished with red crystal stones, designed by Darko Mladenovic – was created in collaboration with Swarovski. This year’s “Life Ball Crystal of Hope Award” goes to the transnational project “The Girl Effect“. Shanti Uganda is humbled to have been selected by the Board of AIDS LIFE as one of four Girl Effect supported projects to receive The Crystal of Hope.
Shanti Uganda’s Executive Director, Sadie St. Denis, accepts the Crystal of Hope Award in Vienna on May 25th from actress and producer Hilary Swank during the Opening Ceremonies of the 21st Annual Life Ball. WATCH NOW at 1 hour 22 minutes! Elton John and Bill Clinton speak of their vision for a future without HIV at 1 hour 50 minutes!
Shanti Uganda is extremely grateful to be recognized for the health and empowerment work we do with young girls and this generous endowment means our work will continue to grow and thrive providing more adolescent girls in Uganda with access to the lifesaving support and resources they require to survive and become great leaders in their communities.
With young girls two and a half times more likely to contract the virus than boys of the same age (as a result of forced early marriage, negotiation of condom use, gender-based violence and transactional sex) there is a particular need for relevant gender-sensitive prevention education.
Shanti Uganda’s Teen Girls Health and Wellness Program teaches young girls about healthy relationships, HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, female role models, family planning, skills training, and sexual reproductive health rights. Girls are empowered and inspired to make healthy choices and stay in school greatly reducing their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and early pregnancy.