Reach4Life

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THE REACH4LIFE PROGRAM

Reaching the youth of Africa to change their future

Thandeka Mavundla

Please listen as Thandeka "Thandy" Mavundla gives an overview of what the Reach4Life program is and how it works in South Africa. This vital program is changing the lives of young people in South Africa by changing their hearts.

The Reach4Life© Bible was developed by Biblica in response to the AIDS pandemic, and was launched in South Africa in 2004. It is now available to their ministry partners around the world. Prevention Time supports Phakama Africa Community Projects, a South African nonprofit headed by Thandeka Mavundla, which takes the Reach4Life program into schools, detention centers, drug rehabs, and community and church groups. In addition to education about HIV prevention, the program provides guidance on topics common to youth, such as drug abuse. In 2017, there were 119,003 participants in the Reach4Life program, an increase from 72,965 in 2016.

We fund transportation, meals, training, and supplies for indigenous young adults from local churches who teach the program in urban townships and rural villages. They are called Peer Educators — young people helping young people. We also purchase Reach4Life Bibles and fund the director, Thandeka Mavundla. The program is offered to all youth, regardless of race, religion, gender, or other factors, and is also taught in schools for the physically and/or mentally challenged.

Everyone is encouraged to know their (HIV) status, but whether it is positive or negative, Reach4Life empowers each participant to make wise life choices and become contributing members of their communities.

THANDEKA MAVUNDLA

Thandeka Mavundla is based in Johannesburg and directs Reach4Life in South Africa and now also in Swaziland and Mozambique. Her vision is for community members to be the ones to bring solutions to their own communities.

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OUR PEER EDUCATORS

Reach4Life is based on peer education, which is a means of affecting behavior change among peers. It is a way of educating others by serving as role models to those who share similar social backgrounds or life experiences. 

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HELP US DEFEAT HIV/AIDS

Since the AIDS pandemic began, over 70 million people have been infected, and over 35 million have died. UNAIDs reports that if efforts to address AIDS are not fast-tracked, it may rebound and spread even faster.

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