Using Aids prevention stories to teach literacy across Africa

Worldwide there are nearly 33 million people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Many of those do not know they areinfected with HIV and will eventually die of AIDS.

In all of OneBook’s language projects in Africa, one of the first readers we translate and print, then use to teach people how to read and write is about AIDS.

Kande’s Story is a true-to-life story based on accounts told by an African pastor about children in his community. Kande is a 12 year old African girl whose father and then mother die of AIDS.

She and her five siblings are left orphans and must fend for themselves. The story tells of the many problems and dangers they face just trying to live. It tells how people in their community, especially people from the local church, helped them in their time of need. They also learn that by following God’s instructions for living, they can avoid getting AIDS themselves or spreading it to others. They learn how to love and care for those affected by the disease, working for justice for widows and orphans.

The materials, translated into the language spoken in a given community, are to be used in conjunction with Scriptures in that language. They are intended as tools to help communities become aware of HIV and AIDS, how to prevent their spread, and how to care for people affected by them. Currently the Kande’s Story books have been or are being translated in part or whole into more than 113 languages, mostly in Africa.

For more info and copies of Kande’s Story in English click here!