Celebrating Community Leadership and Action On AIDS
Home Winners 2006 Award Winners
KALE HEYWET CHURCH, HEALTH AND HIV/AIDS DEPARTMENT – ETHIOPIA

By focusing on community behavior and attitudes towards HIV/AIDS as well as the consequences of the epidemic, Kale Heywet Church has changed not only the way people act but also the way people think about HIV/AIDS. The Church has dedicated itself to reducing stigma, and this improved community feeling has enabled them to mobilize many new volunteers.. They work to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and improve the lives of those already living with the virus. Kale Heywet Church has been innovative in their approach, incorporating the important Ethiopian cultural ritual of “Bunna Tettu” into their program. Bunna Tettu is a coffee drinking ceremony which involves friends and neighbors discussing local issues while drinking coffee. It has proven itself to be a valuable forum in which to educate the Ethiopian people about HIV/AIDS.