HIV Awareness Programme for Peers & Youth (HAPPY) is an award winning, youth-led project that spreads HIV awareness including knowledge on teenage pregnancy & sexually transmitted infections throughout the 4 districts in Brunei Darussalam.
HAPPY is a 2 ½ hour programme that combines audio & visuals and interactive activities to pass the message to young people. It includes messages that has adapted to the local background of Brunei Darussalam.
It started back in 2005, where a group of volunteers in the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council came up with the idea to give HIV Awareness talk to schools by young people themselves. It was called “HIV/AIDS Basic” back then and it was organized by the youth club of the Council, Penyinar Club
It was not until 2008, where 5 members of the club pushed the programme to compete in the B-@ktif 2008 Competition (a project proposal and implementation competition). Under the name Sentient, it has won the Silver Medal together with another team.
The members of Sentient have their own commitments now and the team is disbanded but the programme is still run by Penyinar Club. Up until April 2011, HAPPY has been conducted 55 times & has almost reached 3,000 young people.
- Commonwealth Youth Silver Award 2005/2006
- Commonwealth Youth Silver Award 2007/2008
- ASEAN Youth Award 2009
- A special recognition from Ministry of Health during World AIDS Day 2010
- B-@ktif Silver Medal 2008
- 6th Ten Accomplished Youth Organisationa (TAYO) ASEAN Award 2011
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