Dumi International Aid is a non -profit organisation based in Coventry, D.I.A brings communities in Britain and Sub-Sahara Africa together to work in partnership to help end global poverty, it fights all forms of poverty including social, legal, economic, technological and environmental; and improve quality of life of the poor and vulnerable people from various angles. The vision is to have empowered local people that are conscious of their rights and take responsibility for their own sustainable development in their local communities.
Identify in local communities women, children, youth and men’s’ needs and constraints, research and formulate responsive, unique, creative and innovative interventions that enhance food, nutrition, health, economic and livelihoods security; consult local leadership, mobilise community members of men, women and youth and raise awareness about topical socio-economic, environmental.
Legal and technological developmental issues that impact on them; build and strengthen capacities of local leadership and community members of women, girls, men, boys, youth with information, knowledge and skills in the areas of Food security and Livelihoods, Water and sanitation, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Health and HIV and AIDS, Gender, Education, Sports and Culture; strengthen the capacity of local communities of women, men and youth to organise and advocate for increased access to mainstream resources and opportunities, better services and enabling policy environment; increase usage of multimedia to champion local development issues, and promote strategic alliances and partnerships at local, regional and international levels; be gender, environmental, HIV and AIDS, rights and disability sensitive in all organisation’s interventions and activities.
A very successful HIV/AIDS sports event funded by Big Lottery Fund, about 350 people attended.
It was fantastic to see families getting together, playing football, net-ball, tug of war athletics as well as children’s games. The communities continue to be inspired and use our successful events as a catalyst for on-going community led activities to break down stigma and myths attached to HIV through sports events and active lifestyles. Our events also promote good health and encourage local social interaction so as to reduce social isolation. At its heart, this programme helps families and communities to become more active and share experiences of how some have lived well with HIV. It also creates many other beneficial outcomes such as encouraging volunteering, engaging communities, building local partnerships and Improving health.
We look forward to setting new dates for such events to promote HIV testing and treatment, in the similar fashion because at the end of the event most attendees were asking for future dates of the event. Thanks to the volunteers and Public Health students who took part and made this event a success.