A transformative training for children affected by HIV and their caregivers
Children living with HIV can live normal, healthy lives if they have love, care, and treatment when they need it. Yet they and their caregivers face many challenges, including stigma and self-stigma, discrimination, violence and abuse, and services that may not serve children well. While we would all prefer to experience relationships of love, appreciation, and compassion, challenges including grief, bereavement, stress, and poverty can get in the way. The result is that children suffer in many ways, and some die because they have not received treatment, and the care and support needed to take it, in time. Stepping Stones with Children is a response to this, enabling children and their caregivers to explore and change norms, learn and practise skills, and develop healthier and happier ways of living.
Please note, Gill Gordon is the author of Stepping Stones with Children; as manager of the project I played a role in shaping the materials by editing them and contributing some exercises, so am listed as a co-creator. The manuals are available for purchase from Practical Action Publishing; if your organisation cannot afford to buy them please apply for free copies.