In 2019, a National NGO, Humana People to People, South Africa (HPPSA) won a USAID cooperative agreement (as prime implementing partner) to use the Stepping Stones model to implement an HIV/AIDS program in Chief Albert Luthuli, Nkomazi, and in Bushbuckridge sub districts in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The focus of this model is the Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) within the migrant and mobile populations in the target farming communities and informal settlements.
The model involves various sessions that aims at creating HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and empowering the AGYW mostly migrants from neighbouring Mozambique and Swaziland as they flock into the farming areas in search for jobs and a better life.
Most of these sessions take place in the open or under the tree. The tree as depicted in the picture is a natural attraction, as it welcomes all; human beings, birds, insects etc, providing shelter, food and absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere.
Just like by the “Rivers of Babylon” the AGYW sit down under the tree and get life lessons through the stepping stones sessions. Here they share their stories, think of their loved ones back home, but most importantly learn the survival skills; Skills to adapt and mitigate the harsh environmental conditions in the farms; skills to advocate and make their voices heard; skills to assist them practice Climate Smart Agriculture and hence ensure food security.

Stepping Stones session for AGYW at Albert Luthuli Sub-district, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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