Condom Art Pin making with PSI & youth at Mekdim

Condom Art Pins with PSI & youth at Mekdim

As you can imagine, CONDOMIZE-ing ICASA 2011 was truly a team effort – we were thrilled to have fantastic partners to help us implement all of our activities in Addis Ababa, especially during our final weeks of preparation for the conference.

Condom Art Pin table at PSI Ethiopia

Condom Art Pin table at PSI Ethiopia

CONDOMIZE and PSI Ethiopia implemented Surge Prevention programming throughout the capital city with partners from The AIDS Resource Center in Addis Ababa, DKT Ethiopia, EngenderHealth, The Ethiopia Private Health Sector Program, Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia, Handicap International, OSSA Ethiopia, PEPFAR, USAID and World Learning.  These activities were all aimed at preparing the local community for the surge of international delegates who would be attending ICASA 2011.  Below are a few images from condom trainings that I conducted in partnership with PSI Ethiopia and Mekdim:

Condom Art Pin making at Mekdim

Condom Art Pin making at Mekdim

Pineapple Fanta and cookies! Snacks during a focus group with PSI and Mekdim

Pineapple Fanta and cookies! Snacks during a focus group with PSI and Mekdim

A PSI illustration of condom efficacy

A PSI illustration of condom efficacy

Community feedback on educational materials

Community feedback on educational materials

Cookies and a bedroom scene

Cookies and a bedroom scene

A morning after scenario...

A morning after scenario...

Tigist and youth at Mekdim

Tigist with young people at Mekdim

Condom Art Pin making to close a focus group at Mekdim

Condom Art Pin making to close a focus group at Mekdim

"Condoms only work if you wear them."

"Condoms only work if you wear them."

In addition to our partnership with the Surge Prevention team, we were also working with local artists and community volunteers to ensure that CONDOMIZE at ICASA 2011 had a uniquely Ethiopian feel…

Making the furniture for the CONDOMIZE Coffee Ceremony Zone

Making the furniture for the CONDOMIZE Coffee Ceremony Zone

Sisay varnishing a freshly made table

Sisay varnishing a freshly made table

Running errands in our neighborhood

Running errands in our neighborhood

Sisay's cousin, keeping our guesthouse clean while wearing my hat

Sisay's cousin, keeping our guesthouse clean while wearing my hat

Me and Lucy the cat, working on the CONDOMIZE social networking initiative

Me and Lucy the cat, working on the CONDOMIZE social networking initiative

Lucy on my bed

Lucy on my bed

Ayele on our patio with the CONDOMIZE banner, make completely out of colored condoms

Ayele on our patio with the CONDOMIZE banner, make completely out of colored condoms

Stuffing condom cases in our converted kitchen : work area

Stuffing condom cases in our converted kitchen / work area

And finally, at Millennium Hall

Hanging the CONDOMIZE banners in my Education Zone

Hanging the CONDOMIZE banners in my Education Zone

"Love Smart. Play Safe."

"Love Smart. Play Safe."

Stay tuned for photos from our time in Ethiopia outside of the capital city, and finally images from CONDOMIZE at ICASA 2011!

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