IAPI's Special Events


(Not affiliated with The NAMES Project)

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Overview of Programs

International AIDS Prevention Initiative ("IAPI") is the successor to the NAMES Project New York City.  As part of its commitment to the most at-risk populations in the U.S., IAPI partners churches, schools, and organizations in New York with HIV/AIDS organizations in other countries, offering assistance and support to those organizations while enhancing local prevention and education work.
The goals of IAPI are to
     • Raise global awareness about HIV/AIDS
     • Share HIV/AIDS prevention & education programs
     • Provide ways to help foreign partners raise funds
International initiatives were initiated in 1998 in Russia, and Italy.  In 1999, these programs were taken to Southern Africa.  IAPI's "Quilt 101" HIV/AIDS Prevention Program joined with churches, schools, and organizations in the Western Cape of South Africa, and Harare, Zimbabwe.  In 2000, the first School Quilt tour was organized bringing American volunteers to South Africa at their own expense.  In conjunction with the Ministry of Education's AIDS Week, the first week of September, and the Philippi East School Clinic, a local school district, the tour visits schools in townships outside Cape Town.  The tour includes a curriculum-based presentation, and panelmaking workshops for students to help "break the silence" surrounding the epidemic.

In 2001, IAPI introduced panelmaking workshops and small International Quilt displays in Haiti. The following year, IAPI expanded its efforts to include Jamaica and Puerto Rico, bringing International Quilt displays, panelmaking workshops, HIV/AIDS curriculum-based lessons for students, sistering between countries, and it's Thread of Hope program.
Prevention and Education:  IAPI's programs have an incredible ability to help break down the stereotypes about who is affected by HIV/AIDS.  Commemorative panels tell the stories of people lost to AIDS without judgment, and through the stories allows visitors to see that AIDS happens to mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, black, white, straight, gay, believers and non-believers.  This program gives teachers a "teachable moment" to reach their students more meaningfully.
The Future:  IAPI continues to expand its reach; it offers ways to share HIV/AIDS prevention and peer education programs in countries that are looking for ways to address the problems of HIV/AIDS.  One of these tools is The International AIDS Memorial Quilt.  With the long standing relationships that IAPI maintains world-wide, many Quilt projects can partner with organizations - local and/or across boarders - in achieving their goals.

Funding for IAPI's work outside the United States is through donations, special events, and display honorariums for the International Quilt at conferences, schools, places of worship, and businesses in the U.S. and abroad.  Quilt displays allow IAPI to achieve its primary goal to educate people viewing the Quilt that HIV/AIDS is a global problem, and encourage partnerships with organizations around the world.

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Activities within U.S. - "Wake-Up America" - American Quilt Tours

One of the goals of the International AIDS Prevention Initiative ("IAPI") is to bring greater global awareness regarding HIV/AIDS, and how the disease affects people around the world.  IAPI's "Wake Up America" tour has been designed to do just that, and when possible displays International Quilts with those from The NAMES Project-USA (panels made and warehoused in Atlanta, GA). HIV/AIDS continues to be a global pandemic, and continues to kill thousands of people each day. IAPI's partnership with Global Quilt, an NGO based in the Netherlands helping the coordination of Int'l Quilt organizations, many Quilt projects "loan" portions of their Quilt for this purpose.  Funds raised contribute funds to loaning organizations as well as sustain IAPI's programs.
For complete listing of IAPI's Annual Events within the U.S., follow this link to IAPI's complete calendar.

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International Events & Activities:

These following events/displays are those at which IAPI partners with a sponsoring/host organization.  For the most accurate information, please contact the cited organization about attending a conference or display.
IAPI updates this listing quarterly.  Unfortunately, sometimes there are delays for which we apologize in advance.

Click here to see schedule of activities and events

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International Programs
The aim of IAPI's International Programs is to empower participants to take ownership of the programs available.  IAPI can provide all the necessary tools to make initiatives work, but it is the primary goal to "teach" our potential partners "to fish" rather than simply "give them fish."  This process does not happen overnight but in a timeframe designed to serve the needs of all parties. IAPI's can introduce its programs in countries with the goal that local organizations can help sustain themselves with the needs of additional assistance.  Below is a brief description of some of the programs available.

2004-2005 World Quilt Tour
International AIDS Prevention Initiative ("IAPI"), in partnership with Global Quilt is in the middle of their first world tour.  Approximately twenty (20) sections of the International AIDS Memorial Quilt from Africa, South America, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe.  The tour's primary goal is to bring greater global awareness about HIV/AIDS. 
For complete details and schedule of tour, click here.

2005-2005 Upcoming World Quilt Tour
International AIDS Prevention Initiative ("IAPI") and Global Quilt are in the process of planning their 2nd World Quilt Tour.  Tour will be schedule on a first come, first serve basis.  Potential participants must give at least a six (6) month notice to IAPI to be considered.  This gives amble time for participants to have funding secured to (1) bring the Quilt and its ambassador to your event, (2) accommodations for the duration of the display, (3) costs to transport the Quilt to your country, and (4) all expenses for local venue, advertising, and volunteer/administrative needs.
Quilt from around the world will be available to cities within the United States as well as each continent.  The tour's primary goal is to bring greater global awareness about HIV/AIDS.  If you would like to know what is involved in bringing the Quilt to your city or country, please contact IAPI here for further details.

USA International Speakers

In 2002, IAPI sponsored two South Africans to come to the States, accompanying the South African Quilt, and spoke about issues of HIV/AIDS from an Africa perspective. Through the partnership of Global Quilt, we have the opportunity to bring speakers from the Caribbean, Africa, South America, Pacific Rim/Asia, and Europe.  Speakers and Quilt from various countries can be arranged.  All funds raised beyond expenses go back to participating country.

Speaker Criteria costs:
     • $1,000 minimum honorarium for each speaker
     • Provide cost of airline ticket to/from participating county 
 Host city must provide:
    • Accommodations/Housing
    • All meals/food (or $35/day per diem)
    • Transport speaker(s) in host city
    • Shipping costs (or excess luggage) to transport Quilt
 Tour Includes:
    • International speaker
    • 8 to 20 sections of the International AIDS Quilt
    • Information on Sistering with African, Caribbean, and other appropriate regions
    • Information about IAPI's Threads of Hope "New Panel Kit" Program

Sistering/Partnering:  Social responsibility is key in bringing countries together.  Part of the success of any program requires collaborations with organizations and the sharing of information that can benefit others.  The goal of the program is to bring schools, churches, and other organizations together to share not only knowledge, but compassion and caring.  Churches in America have affective AIDS Ministries, while schools and health agencies have peer-education, fundraising, and food programs.  Many areas do not know that full extent of the successful programs Americans have been undertaking for years, nor do they have the funds to create them.  The sharing of information starts by e-mail, and in many cases organizations have sent a representative to learn the process firsthand.  The sharing of pictures, stories, problems, and successes are all apart of our efforts to help bring an end to AIDS.
Threads of Hope "New Panel Kit" Program:  Many women in America have "sewing closets" with fabrics and novelties that have not been used for years.  The idea of IAPI's Threads of Hope Program is to share supplies with those less fortunate.  As IAPI's "Quilt 101" HIV/AIDS Prevention Program is introduced, panelmaking is an important tool in "Breaking the Silence" about HIV/AIDS.   It can also be the beginning of the healing process to allow individuals to move forward in their lives.
Any church, school, or community organization can put together kits through IAPI's Community Service Project.  These kits can be shipped directly to the foreign organization or group, or taken by volunteers and given to those interested in our program and want to make panels to remember those they have lost to AIDS.  Some choose only to provide the kits, while others want to get more personally/hands-on involved with our "Sistering Program" with a specific country, city, and/or organization.

Kits are put into a one-gallon zip lock bags and include:

      - One 3ft x6ft (with 1-2" border) piece of light-colored cotton
      - Additional fabric to cut out letters (felt works best)

New Supplies (such as):
      - Small sewing kit (like hotel samples), needles
      - Scissors
      - Stencils to cut out letters
      - Embroidery yarn
      - Fabric glue
      - Fabric paint & brushes
Used Supplies (such as):
      - New and/or partially used thread spools
      - Notions (such as borders, buttons, feathers, beads, lace, etc.)

Participating organizations include youth or church groups from the New York area, and other states around the country. If you would like to learn more, contact IAPInitiative@aol.com.

Skill/Capacity Building Workshop: Based on the group IAPI's working with and the level of business, computer, and fundraising skills, we try to match up foreign volunteers with skills that are needed abroad.  Skills include, but are not limited to:  software assistance (WORD, Quicken, etc.), developing business plans and budgets, and fundraising ideas.  This does not limit assisting with purchasing software and/or office equipment.

Interfaith:  Churches are a safety-net for people in many countries.  Some countries where children do not have the opportunity to go to school, often attend church.  However, churches are many times difficult to reach with an HIV/AIDS message.  IAPI's Interfaith Program's aim is to find churches in the States with AIDS Ministries and other compassionate programs that could significantly help foreign churches overcome such concerns.  One of the most successful collaborations on a compassionate level has been assisting with panelmaking and the Threads of Hope "New Panel Kits" Program (see above).
If you would like to know what denominations have already begun working in other countries, contact IAPInitiative@aol.com

Panelmaking Workshops:  Due to misconceptions or stigma, many individuals in the world can not grieve for someone's loss to AIDS.  Disclosing to others that you know someone who has died can have serious repercussions.  Panelmaking can be the tool in the healing process by means of a workshop environment similar to the tradition of quilting bees in America.  The Program works with organizations and groups in countries that are willing to host a workshop and invite their members, clients, patients, staff, or the public to participate.  Panels can be kept by these organizations and displayed by them as an awareness tool and memorial for someone while educating others at the same time.  For those countries that have a NAMES Project International Affiliate, we encourage them to submit new panels as apart of their respective country's Quilt project.
If you would like to know where workshops have begun in other countries, contact IAPInitiative@aol.com.

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In 2001, IAPI began it's initiative to try to reach the Haitian community in New York City.  IAPI sent its delegate, Elsy Guibert, to Haiti, where she organized a Quilt display.  As people saw what the International Quilt was about, additional displays were requested, and the Quilt began making history.
Because of the excitement and interest generated by this first trip, IAPI decided to continue its work in Haiti and expand its program to other Caribbean countries. As this region represents a significant portion of New York City's population, and are communities included in the Center for Disease (CDC) "high-risk" populations for HIV/AIDS, IAPI decided to use its model program created for South Africa to reach these communities abroad and at home.
For detailed reports of tours in the Caribbean, select one of the following:

For more information please contact IAPInitiative@aol.com

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South Africa

Background, School Quilt Tours
Using its "Quilt 101" HIV/AIDS Prevention Program created in 1994 for New York City public schools as a base, IAPI developed a pilot program through private funding and introduced it to schools in South Africa in 1999.  The success of the program inspired an annual School Quilt Tour during their school AIDS Week (1st week in September) with volunteers from the United States traveling to South Africa at their own expense.  The program collaborated with the Siswe Sonke Quilting Project of South Africa (a Int'l Quilt organization).  Since 2000, Program Director Jeff Bosacki has organized the annual School Tour, and each year more than 20,000 students, teachers, and community members have experienced the Quilt through this program, and have participated in making panels.

Below is more information about IAPI's history in South Africa, and annual School Tour:

Background: Learn more about the history, goals, programs, activities, and panelmaking workshops efforts in schools, churches, and much more.
Tours: IAPI has been working in South Africa since 1999.  Learn more about the annual School Quilt Tour that continues to grow each year.

For more information, please contact IAPInitiative@aol.com.

2001-2002 USA South African Quilt Tour

IAPI, in collaboration with the Siswe Sonke Quilting Project of South Africa, brought portions of South African Quilt to the United States to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, and to raise funds to support the work taking place in South Africa.  In April 2002, two South Africans were sponsored by IAPI to visit cities throughout America, and speak about how HIV/AIDS has affected themselves and their country. All the funds raised went directly to the South African Initiative.

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In 2000, IAPI introduced its panelmaking workshops to the HIV Center in Harare, Zimbabwe.  This country has some of the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in sub-sahara Africa.  The stigma and discrimination surrounding the disease makes it difficult to reach individuals and families.  Most local facilities, including The Center, do not use HIV or AIDS on their public signage.  This permits those coming for services to feel less threatened as it is not apparent what services are being offered.
It took more than two years to build momentum, but in 2002 the first panelmaking workshop was facilitated with IAPI's South African Program director Jeffry Bosacki, and South African Outreach Coord., and traditional healer Zoleka Ngcozana.  Threads of Hope supplies were provided for this initiative and the workshops continue today.  IAPI ran training sessions in 2004 for trainers during the workshop, so the Center can now take the program to other locations and organizations in Zimbabwe that can use this healing tool.
Note: In 2004, Zimbabwe loaned one of their sections of Quilt for IAPI and Global Quilt's 2004-2005 World Quilt tour.  These panels are specifically being offered to our Jamaican and Caribbean community partners.

In 2003, IAPI began to discuss the prospects of helping colleagues in Mozambique.  IAPI was approached by the US Ambassador's office in Maputo and invited a representative of the Ambassador to a display of the International and USA AIDS Memorial Quilt at Nassau Community College.  The discussion has focused on creating panelmaking workshops through the Ambassador's office in their HIV/AIDS efforts.
Through IAPI's Threads of Hope Program, supplies to make panels have been shipped to Mozambique for their first workshop.  It is hoped they will be successful in their efforts and that their first panels will join IAPI World Quilt tour program at a later date.


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In 2000, IAPI was invited by the Russian NAMES Fund to share its HIV/AIDS Prevention Program in Moscow. Eighteen members of The NAMES Project Russia, and Russia AIDS Fund attended a week-long training session to learn about the elements of the program. These colleagues and educators met to discuss using the Quilt and how the program could work in schools in Russia.  Since talking about HIV/AIDS and securing funds are difficult tasks in the former Soviet Union, the group met to discuss ways that they might approach these problems. One of the tools the program offered is similar to that IAPI began in South Africa, demonstrate the value of collaborations between HIV/AIDS organizations, develop partnerships, funding, and create a comprehensive program for sustainable prevention and education project.
IAPI continues to work with its Russian colleagues in an effort to reach New York's own Russian community. In 2004, two portions of the Russian AIDS Quilt joined IAPI & Global Quilt's World Quilt tour.

2005 Display in Moscow
IAPI will be bringing portions of the International AIDS Memorial Quilt to Moscow, Russia in partnership with Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS (TPAA), and Info-Plus.  Quilt from Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, and South America will be on display at the Russian State Duma and Museum of Photography from April 22 to 28, 2005. 
School children and governmental employees will be able to view the Quilt.  Efforts to sister New York's Russian Community with our colleagues will be made easier through this collaboration with TPAA and Info-Plus.  IAPI's Threads of Hope" and "Living Quilt" programs will be provided to Info-Plus and the Quilting Project of Russia. 
If you are a Russian church, school, or organization in the United States and want to learn more about how you can sister with an group in Russia or Ukraine, please contact IAPI here.

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In May 2001, IAPI was asked to participate in an International Quilt display in Torino, Italy with DIRE AIDS. IAPI collaborated with DIRE AIDS to coordinate a discussion on prevention and peer education programs, and display of Quilts from several countries (Italy, USA, the Phillippines, Guatemala, and South Africa).  The IAPI team met with many HIV/AIDS NGO coordinators and discussed ways in which these programs could help with Italy's large Hepatitis C problem (as HIV/AIDS is significantly less of a problem than Hepatitis C).
In the future, DIRE AIDS hopes to collaborate with these groups and develop an exhibit about "social responsibility," using the Italian Quilt, and create their own program based on IAPI's HIV/AIDS prevention programs.  As IAPI has extensive experience in exhibit development, sustainable program development, and has maintained strong relationships with many Int'l Quilt Affiliates, it will continue to help DIRE AIDS coordinate their activities.

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