Reach4Life in South Africa
A non-denominational faith-based HIV/AIDS prevention program
Reach4Life© (R4L) is a non-denominational Christian HIV/AIDS education and prevention program launched by Biblica in 2004 in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic sweeping through Africa. Originally intended for use in South Africa, the Reach4Life© book (copyrighted to Biblica) is now being used in other countries in Africa and around the world.
We fund Prevention Time SA to take the Reach4Life® program into local schools and educate young people about how to make wise choices about life and sexual behavior by promoting:
Condomizing (if abstinence is not practiced)
The program encourages abstinence as the primary behavior, but recommends the use of condoms for those who choose not to adopt that practice, in order to protect others from being infected with the deadly virus. Reach4Life© also encourages broader applications such as respect for individuals, developing the students to their fullest potential, and contributing to the overall good of the society.
The number of schools the program can reach is dependent upon funding; however, priority is given to schools in areas with high incidences of HIV infection.
Before the program is implemented in any given area, meetings are held with local government, tribal, school and church leaders. R4L© field coordinators train and oversee local young people (peer educators) who teach lessons in the schools. R4L© books are distributed at an assembly, where the program is explained to the students. Pre-and post-program surveys measure changes in understanding and behaviour.
The R4L© book includes the New Testament and discussion on many topics that will help young people make wise decisions and deal with real-issues they are facing, especially about sexuality. Reach4Life© is targeted at the uninfected younger generation who still have a chance to avoid the virus by choosing to wait for marriage before having sex.
The program’s goal is to seal off the next generation of young people from HIV. The hope is that they will catch the vision, instead of the virus.The vision is "life lived to the fullest."
How can I get involved?
Your donation will provide a student with a Reach4Life© book and transportation to and from schools for Peer Educators. Peer Educators do not own vehicles, and it is unsafe for them to walk miles in dangerous conditions.
Donations can be made by clicking the Donate Now button on the Donate page. Giving can be on a one-time or continuing basis, through on-line or mail-in donations. The automated check or credit card deduction is an easy way to donate for people who are commited to ongoing support for the program.
Organizations who wish to get involved can make a one-time or ongoing donation. Another option would be to adopt a school. Schools vary in size from around 250 students to 2,000 students, so an organization can request to be matched to a school of the approximate size they wish to sponsor. Feedback from the school will be supplied on a regular basis, so you will see pictures of the school, students, and hear about the work that is being done throughout the year.
Another way to get involved is to visit the area, which will give you first-hand knowledge about the situation. For information on that possibility, please contact PreventionTime by email on the Contact Us page.
A CONTINENT WITH A NEVER-ENDING STORY OF EXTREME HARDSHIP
Students listen to lessons taught from the Reach4Life© book.
Peer Educators survey the class to determine current behaviors and level of understanding.
Students consider the life and death nature of choices they will make.