Students Uniting in Faith to Fight against AIDS

21 08 2009

THAILAND – The 7th International Young Christian Students (IYCS) South East Asian Session (SEAS) was held from 10 – 17 August in Sriracha, Chonburi, Thailand. Claudia Law, Ralph Balan and Stephanie Ng from Kuching YCS together with two participants from Sibu YCS; Casimir Tang and Pauline Seri represented Malaysia for this event.

Participants

The session was held in St Louis Mary’s Juniorate in Assumption College Sriracha with a total of 45 delegates from seven South East Asian countries namely Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, with collaborative countries Indonesia and Laos and also an invited East Asian country China.

Themed ‘Students Uniting in Faith to Fight against AIDS’, delegates were brought to six exposure sites around Pattaya where orphanages and help centres existed for those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Besides group sharing on the exposure sites, country representatives also presented on the latest situation of HIV/AIDS in their respective countries.

An invited guest speaker, Orapan, the world’s longest living HIV/AIDS patient was present to share her life story of which she survived 23 years with this sickness she had had since birth.

Claudia Law

Participants in traditional/national costumes

Testimonies:

I find SEAS very informative and resourceful. I have learnt to communicate with people from other countries and it gave me the feeling of unity and family warmth. It is my first and so far the best ever international event I have attended. Regarding HIV/AIDS, it is wonderful that I have changed my perspective towards the people living with it and the countries affected by it.

Casimir Callixtus Tang, Sibu YCS, Malaysia

I have learnt how to prevent HIV/AIDS for myself. I am going to avoid from using drugs or having sex at a young age before marriage, and tell my friends to do the same. Besides that, I met a lot of new friends and can’t wait for the next SEAS.

Matheus Denny, Indonesia

As a youth leader in the group, I can participate actively in all activities despite the language barrier we had of difficulty in understanding English. Coming for this SEAS opened my mind on how to organise an international event, and we look forward to hosting the next SEAS if all plans go well.

Thuy Tien, Vietnam YCS

Red Ribbon: Symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS

Participants listen attentively

L-R: Stephanie Ng, Claudia Law, ?, Ralph Balan

Group Discussion

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