This month Reminderband® would like to focus on a group that has taken Reminderbands® to the next level and used them not only as a “reminder” but to support and uplift others.
Africa Is Life Changing, Inc is a group which travels to Africa to teach thousands of orphaned children as well as many women about HIV/AIDS Prevention. Here they use Reminderbands® debossed with the phrase CHOOSE THE RIGHT as an empowerment principle. “ShoSho” Nielsen, the Founder of Africa Is Life Changing, relates, “As we enter the classroom (or just gather children together around a tree in a village) we begin by asking them if they want to be happy. Then we ask them if they want to be healthy and happy. The process of identifying happiness to them is a wonderful opportunity for us as Americans to step into their world of how so little can still create happiness in their lives (and teach us an invaluable lesson for life!).
We then teach them that the way to be happy and keep their bodies healthy is to know what it means to CHOOSE THE RIGHT and to practice it everyday. We focus a bit more on the girl child and empower her to defend her body. We teach them a motto they chant repeatedly; ‘DO NOT TOUCH MY BODY!’ “ It is at this point where Reminderband’s® CHOOSE THE RIGHT wristbands come in. ShoSho indicates that these bands help the women and children remember how to stay healthy and happy.
ShoSho also states, “Reminderbands® are a powerful tool in our program because they leave a reminder on the children’s arms of the experience they had in the classroom in training them up to prepare for a brighter future.”
To learn more about Africa Is Life Changing, please visit their website at http://www.africaislifechanging.org. Africa Is Life Changing has two expeditions planned for 2007 in June and October and invite all those who are interested in helping to visit their website.