How To Move Your Lips!
The Move Your Lips campaign is a partnership between MTV and The Body Shop which aims to raise awareness on HIV and AIDS amongst young people all over the world.
So how can you help by just Moving Your Lips?
It’s pretty simple. We want people to GET TALKING about HIV/AIDS to raise awareness on the issue and SHARE their knowledge. To encourage you to Move Your Lips, The Body Shop has produced a limited edition Guarana Lip Butter. The Lip Butter is being sold in stores across the globe and proceeds from every single lip butter sold goes to The Staying Alive Foundation.
The Staying Alive Foundation is MTV’s HIV/AIDS charity. Twice a year, the Foundation presents the Staying Alive Awards; small grants that support grassroots level projects that reach at-risk youth and help protect them from the threats of HIV/AIDS. Here are some examples of the projects we help:
Tanzania: TEENS AGAINST AIDS: The Masai are nomadic tribes in Tanzania who are being forced to adjust their customs and migration traditions as modernity takes hold in Tanzania. They have been left out of previous HIV/AIDS education efforts, but Teens Against AIDS wants to change that by recruiting and training peer educators and youth leaders within Masai rural communities. Teens Against AIDS will produce easy to understand HIV prevention materials translated in several dialects used in the target communities with lots of pictures that illustrate the topic being discussed.
Pakistan: AWARE GIRLS: Their project targets young women in high schools and colleges. They will raise awareness on HIV in 10 schools and 5 colleges through the use of videos, lectures, discussions and printed material. They will select 5 students and 2 teachers from each school/college and give them a 2 day training to enable them to establish Anti-AIDS clubs in their respective schools and colleges. They also plan to make a documentary about their project.
India: NAZ FOUNDATION: Last year SAF awarded a grant to the NAZ Foundation which was used to conduct prevention among the trucker community. This year The Naz Foundation set up a project that is aimed at the Hijra community, lead by a young Hijra. The Hijras are a sort of modern eunuch and excluded from society and very vulnerable to HIV. The project will reach out to this community by producing Hijra specific education materials, distribute condoms, conducting outreaches and workshops as well as produce some 30 second films to destigmatize condom use.
Philippines: BALUTI: “Batang Laging Umiiwas sa Tiyak na Impeksyon” (Protect the Child from Infection): Their project targets young people aged 10 to 19. Their plans are to conduct a survey on current sexual health practices in schools and the community; to train 20 school-based peer educators and 20 community-based peer educators; develop and reproduce educational materials, hold weekly peer education sessions and film screenings among 2000 first-year high school students, facilitate youth-led community service activities and conduct 3 batches of home visits involving follow-up and reinforcement of positive behaviours
So far, over 200,000 lip butters have been sold, raising over $1,000,000 for the Foundation. That’s $1,000,000 that will go to help projects such as those you’ve just read about. By working together to raise awareness around HIV, this shows that we really can make a difference.
For us at Staying Alive, power is all about knowledge. We aim to raise awareness around sexual health issues by providing you with information and advice on sex, relationships, HIV/AIDS prevention, and STI’s; (STD’s; Sexual Transmitted Diseases/Infections)
Preventing HIV/AIDS is as simple as wearing a condom. PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS! Talking about sex and sexual health issues is nothing to be embarrassed about… Once you’ve educated yourself, SHARE your knowledge!
We’ll give you information on a whole range of issues from condom use, to sexuality, to STI’s; (STD’s) and their prevention.
Sex is supposed to be fun. Enjoy yourself, but be safe. And remember, it’s OK to ask questions. Educate yourself. Empower yourself.
Come and visit our websites. Check out more about the Move Your Lips campaign at http://www.moveyourlips.com/ or join our Facebook Cause http://apps.facebook.com/causes/75383 to carrying on educating yourself and making a difference. You will also find loads of info on sex, sexual health and relationships at http://www.staying-alive.org/en/home